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CLOGSAG members in the northern region to strike over payment of premium under SSSS pay policy


Members of Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) in the Northern Region are calling on the leadership of CLOGSAG to as a matter of urgency re-activate its nationwide strike action.
The regional executives say their intended strike action was put on hold by the national executives following the demise of the late president Mills on 24th of July, 2012. 
The Association is also accusing government and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission of unfair treatment and discrimination on the payment of premium to public servants based on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).
At a news conference in Tamale, Northern regional secretary of CLOGSAG Mr. Ali Anafo questioned why other public service institutions have been paid to cushion them under in what he said “hard economic times’’ to the neglect of the association members.
Mr. Anafo warned that CLOGSAG members will embark on regional strikes by September 6th if FWSC and government failed to address their grievances.
He further warned that association will not tolerate any abnormal behavior by any member who defied their intended strike adding that a task force will be formed to monitor department to department to ensure that  members adhere strictly to the directives.
He said any member who failed to adhere to the directives will regret the actions of the task force.
The strike according to the secretary was informed by an emergency meeting held on Tuesday 10th July, 2012 with all regional and national executives represented where a communiqué was issued warning stakeholders about their demands on the premium of the SSSS pay policy.
Mr Ali Anafo also accused FWSC for defying the directives by the then Minister of Employment and social welfare E.T Mensah to act on a committee report recommending that CLOGSAG be paid on their premium. 
Among the issues raised in the communiqué a review of the decision it took in December 2011 on the payment of premium of CLOGSAG members. During the meeting the national executives decided that if by the end of July 2012, a firm decision on the payment of premium to its members was not made, it would be persuaded to embark on strike.   
The secretary said CLOGSAG will not mention names stating that some people's agitation and refusal to work on the same pay policy led to the loss of lives and their demands were met. “If they think we can not bite, this time around we will bite and when we bite they will know what it means’’, Mr. Ali said.
The charged CLOGSAG secretary further stated that they (CLOGSAG) will “work directly under the politicians, claiming that any government that chuck success is the civil and local government staff who made it’’.  He said they can make and unmake government and that if government thinks they are not important, they should wait for the strike action to hit where all government machinery will come to a halt.

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