The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Barfour-Awuah, has assured members of the Local Government Committee of Parliament that government is frantically working on getting striking CLOGSAG members to return to work.
The Minister in a closed door meeting, according to Starr News sources, informed the committee a payment plan for the neutrality allowance of members of the Civil and Local Government Workers is ready.
CLOGSAG had demanded such a plan as a condition for calling off its almost a month old strike which has crippled assemblies across the country.
After more than two hours meeting, the Labour Minister and his Deputy Bright Wireko Brobbey emerged tight-lipped.
Leadership and Members of the Committee unlike what transpired after Monday’s meeting with CLOGSAG also opted for silence.
Parliament meeting with the Leadership of CLOGSAG
The Leadership of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development in Parliament is optimistic CLOGSAG will call off the almost a month old strike action.
Members of the association have grounded activities of various assemblies following government’s inability to pay their neutrality allowance as agreed.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with Executives of CLOGSAG, the ranking Member on Local Government and Rural Development Committee, Nii Lante Vanderpuije disclosed the association is ready to call off the strike if government does the needful.
They further disclosed the committee will be meeting labour and Finance Ministries as well as fair wages and salaries commission in its attempt to resolve the impasse given the implications on the public including Members of Parliament whose common fund cannot be processed.
“All of us are feeling it (strike) as we sit here as MPs our Common Fund releases from the Assembly cannot be worked on because the staff are on strike, so all of us are affected,” Nii Lante disclosed.
He said news reports over the weekend had complaints from many Ghanaians on the effect of the strike action by CLOGSAG.
“So every Ghanaians is affected that is the reason we said that we couldn’t wait for more days. Just over the weekend what we went through we have all called all our colleagues from the break everybody. So that we can see what we can do.
“We thought that what we have told them will hit them so before close of today let’s hope that what they want from the government will come and then the issue will be resolved,” the Odododiodio MP stated.