• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Government agrees to pay ‘Neutrality Allowance’ to CLOGSAG

The government has agreed to pay members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) the ‘Neutrality Allowance,’ but will change the term because it does not sit well with them.

The allowance, on the other hand, will be paid in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Dr Nana Ato Arthur, the Head of Local Government Services, told the media that both the government and CLOGSAG have exhibited good faith in the subject.

As a result, he is hopeful that CLOGSAG, who have been on strike since Thursday, April 21st, 2022, would end their strike.

“Both parties, the government, and CLOGSAGG, have acted in good faith in this matter. Government was very transparent; that is, government was very transparent in the sense that it was clear to CLOGSAG that we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with you and that we were going to make some provision for civil officials and local government staff commencing February [2022].”

“However, given the [economic] obstacles we face, we believe it will be impossible to begin implementation in February [2022].” So we’re pleading with you, CLOGSAG, that we can only offer you the allowance we promised in the fourth quarter of this year.”

“Forget about the language that we termed it because that terminology or nomenclature doesn’t sit well with us as government,” Dr. Ato Arthur remarked of the moniker “Neutrality Allowance.” So let’s put together a team to figure out what it will be called. That allowance, however, will be given to you beginning in the fourth quarter of the year.”

On Friday, April 22, 2022, CLOGASG accepted the offer, he stated.

“The Minister of Labour Relations and Employment [Ignatius Baffour Awuah] presided over this meeting.” So what happened was that the Ministry was going to write to the Ministry of Finance, and the decisions that both parties agreed on would be sent to the proper authorities by the Ministry of Finance,” he explained further.

“The Ministry will speak with Controller and then copy CLOGSAG based on the communication [from the Employment Ministry].” CLOGSAG executives will then call off the strike based on this.”

“Just this morning, the impression is that government is working on it, government is committed to it,” Dr. Ato Arthur continued. The strike will be called off when the letter reaches CLOGSAG.”

On Thursday, April 21, CLOGSAG members initiated an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of the neutrality allowance.

They claimed that despite official reminders and follow-ups, the Neutrality Allowance had not been paid in accordance with the agreement.

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