The Local Government Committee of Parliament is due to meet with the Ministry of Employment and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) today over the demands of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).
The Committee hopes to get the government to commit to paying their indemnities, including the controversial neutrality indemnity.
Several engagements with the government had yielded no results, but the Committee looked into the matter to bring some finality to it.
A senior member of the committee, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, told JoyNews that they have engaged the Ministry of Finance on what has been done about it.
“We’re trying to make sure that we accelerate work on what they’re doing; there are few naughty areas that had to be addressed to get the comfort letter requested by CLOGSAG ready.
“Since they have already agreed in detail that this is something they will pay for, we see what they can do. In fact, CLOGSAG conceded and after today’s briefing we can say that the responsibility to resolve this situation lies with the government and the ministry,” he said.
Mr Vanderpuye said there was an impassioned plea for CLOGSAG to get back to work.
“They assured us that if we can get the ministry to provide them with the letter they are asking for, they will get back to work…so we will be talking to the ministry to make sure they listen to the appeal of the Ghanaians and do this.”
CLOGSAG filed its tools on Thursday, April 21, 2022, following the government’s failure to pay the agreed compensation in January this year.
He argues that the neutrality allowance ensures that civil and local government employees do not engage in partisanship in the conduct of their business while in their various offices.
The three-week industrial action has left many citizens seeking government services stranded.
Many public figures criticized the workers for their decision to strike.
Figures including IMANI Africa Vice President Kofi Bentil and Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) Executive Director Emmanuel Akwetey have called on officials to resign if they cannot remain neutral in the process. exercise of their functions.
Other organizations asked the Association to reconsider its decision and resume work.
Despite this criticism and persuasion, officials insist that the industrial action will only be reversed when the government sticks to its promise to pay them the neutrality indemnity.
Meanwhile, the deadlines for submitting the payment plan passed more than a week ago, with the government yet to return to the negotiating table.
The legislator is the last institution to intervene to convince CLOGSAG to stop its strike.