The government of Ghana has dropped the term ‘neutrality allowance’ and agreed to implement all terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).
The deputy finance minister, Abena Osei- Asare while speaking in an interview with JoyNews said that beginning January 2023, all agreements in the MoU will be honoured in order to improve the conditions of service for CLOSSAG members.
“Government has reached an agreement with CLOGSAG and we will go ahead to implement everything that has been stipulated in the MoU. We don’t have the Neutrality Allowance as I speak with you.
“But all the other issues that have been raised in the MoU, the government will make sure it fulfils its part of it and then make sure that whatever it is, we’ll implement their conditions of service in January 2023 as stipulated in the MoU,” she said.
Hon. Abena Osei-Asare who is also a member of parliament representing Atiwa East disclosed that a committee has been set up to look into the conditions of service.
The committee will be tasked to ensure that CLOSSAG gets suitable conditions of service like the other unions. This would be completed before the 2023 budget is sent to parliament for vetting and approval, she said.
CLOSSAG agreed to call off the strike after the ministry of finance directed the controller and accountant general’s department to effect payment of the agreed allowance on May 11th.
On Thursday the 21st of April 2022, the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) embarked on a strike to demand allowances due them. the neutrality allowances to CLOSSAG members is to ensure that they do not engage in partisanship while serving in the interest of the country.