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Parliament To Engage CLOGSAG To Call Off Strike

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Parliament has taken steps to resolve the deadlock over the neutrality allowance negotiations between government and civil service workers.

According to a letter sighted by JoyNews, the Local Government Committee of Parliament will meet the leadership of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) to convince them to call off their industrial action.

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, 2022, following the inability of government to pay the allowance as agreed in January this year.

They argue that the neutrality allowance ensures that civil and local government workers do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs when they are in their various offices.

The three-week industrial action has left many citizens seeking government services stranded.

Many renowned people have criticised the workers for their decision to strike.

Personalities, including the Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil and the Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) Emmanuel Akwetey, have asked the civil servants to resign if they cannot stay neutral in the discharge of their duties.

Other organisations have called on the Association to reconsider their decision and come back to work.

Despite these criticisms and persuasion, the civil servants insist that the industrial action will only be called off when the government is firm on its promise to pay them the neutrality allowance.

Meanwhile, timelines for submitting the payment plan elapsed more than a week ago, with the government yet to return to the negotiation table.

Thus, the legislature is the latest institution to intervene to convince CLOGSAG to call off its strike.

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