A political analyst and lecturer Mr. Boakye Yiadom has opined that the government must pay the neutrality allowance it promised the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) if there was any agreement reached.
The analyst explained that so far as there was an agreement reached between the government and CLOSSAG, the government is obliged to pay.
Members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG), laid down their tools effective yesterday, [Thursday] April 21, 2022.
They were demanding the payment of their neutrality allowances.
They noted that the government has delayed in paying its members the allowance in question, hence the decision to embark on strike.
In the statement, CLOGSAG said it expected the allowance to have been implemented immediately after a meeting with the government and an MoU signed on January 20, 2022, to that effect, but after more than three months, the allowance is yet to be paid.
“It was noted that the Neutrality Allowance has not been effected as agreed, in spite of official reminders and follow-ups to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning,” CLOGSAG noted in the statement.
They later rescinded the decision to strike because authorities had met them to agree on a way forward.
Reacting, the lecturer said “if there is an agreement between the government and CLOSSAG, then the government must pay them the neutrality allowance. If there is an MoU then the allowance must be paid”.
He posited that no one should attack CLOSSAG because the government agreed to pay the allowance.
He did not understand why the government should have agreed to pay the allowance and later fail to oblige.
“If the political elites agreed to pay them neutrality allowance, then they have to pay them.”
Meanwhile, he has advised civil servants to desist from embarking on strike at the least provocation.
He said strikes do not necessarily address issues but disrupt the work of the government.
He wants them to find ways in resolving their challenges instead of using strikes to resolve them.