Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) has locked offices of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and departments to force the employees to join their strike.
Some of the affected offices are New Juabeng and Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Mamponteng in the Ashanti Region, and others in parts of the Central Region, the General Secretary of Local Government Workers' Union (LGWU) of the Trades Union Congress of Ghana (TUC), Mr. Joe Boahen, has revealed.
CLOGSAG, this week, began an indefinite strike over a delay in the payment of what its leadership describes as "Top-up" under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).
Members of CLOGSAG had to call off a strike action late last year, after an intervention from the Civil Service Council.
The leadership claims the government, represented by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), has not shown commitment to resolving their concerns.
Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission (NLC) has postponed indefinitely, mediation efforts, after CLOGSAG failed to appear at a meeting called for yesterday.
Mr. Boahen, therefore, called on the authorities concerned to sanction the CLOGSAG executives who locked the offices. This was because the local government workers do not take instructions from CLOGSAG.
The LGWU, last Friday, cautioned workers of the MMDAs and departments not to join the CLOGSAG strike action.
But, it is regrettable that CLOGSAG executives have gone ahead to lock up some of the offices of the MMDAs and departments to force the staff to participate in a needless and uncalled for strike action, he told this newspaper.
In view of this, the LGWU is appealing to the Sstaff of MMDAs and departments to exercise the greatest restraints and continue to go about their normal work and call the bluff of CLOGSAG.
The Union is working closely with the authorities concerned to address the Migration, Market Premium and other related issues associated with the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).
The leadership of the Local Government Workers Union will continue to choose the path of dialogue and labour discourse, devoid of rancor and divisiveness, Mr. Boahen stated.