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30 July 2016

Fair Wages Commission calls the bluff of CLOGSAG

El AnkrahThe Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FSWC) says it will not give any interim premium to the members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).

According to the FWSC, there is no document that suggests that they are entitled to such despite a strike declared on Wednesday, June 27, over the non-payment of their premium.

Last week CLOGSAG executive secretary, Isaac Bampoe-Addo indicated that since their inclusion on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) pay policy they have been disadvantaged by the non-payment of their interim premium.

CLOGSAG gave government up to the end of this month to come up with the four-year arrears of interim premium allowance owed members of the Association or face industrial action.

This followed a meeting between executives of CLOGSAG and the Employment and Labour Relations Ministry, which ended inconclusively.

Isaac Bmpoe Addo

Photo: Isaac Bampoe Addo

The executive secretary of CLOGSAG, Isaac Bampoe Addo told Joy News without payment the threat of striking is inevitable.

“We have exhausted committees upon committees that have looked into this issue and all have come to the same conclusion that we have not been treated well, we have not been treated fairly,” Mr Bampoe said.

But speaking with Joy News the head of Public Affairs at the Commission, Earl Ankrah said it would be unfair for CLOGSAG to continue making this demand.

He explained that a committee was set up to look into market premium in general but an interim marketing premium which is currently being enjoyed by some skills in the public service are urgently being worked on.

“This is to enable them to know which skill in the public sector will be eligible for marketing premium and that team is supposed to include CLOGSAG and we wrote to them to send a member to represent them in the committee but they refused to,” Mr Ankrah disclosed.

“Whoever is enjoying premium right now was enjoying even before the migration onto the SSSS, so for CLOGSAG we say if you know you were enjoying a certain premium prior to the coming in of SSSS point them out and you are going to get your market premium,” he explained further.

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