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Expert to CLOGSAG: Stop depending on allowances, negotiate for better salaries

CLOGSAG members

CLOGSAG members

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) must negotiate for a consolidated salary that comes with a better retirement package than pursuing allowances in addition to their wages, a labour expert Yiadom Boakye Ansah has said.

Ansah said CLOGSAG must stop the over dependence on allowances and rather negotiate for better salaries in order to avert being worse off after retirement.

His call comes after CLOGSAG embarked on a day’s industrial action over non payment of neutrality allowance.

“Already we have a very long allowances list that single spine tried to correct at a point in time,” Ansah said on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (25 April).

“What single spine did was to categorise all allowances into four…, but at the time of implementation, the arrangement was that all category one allowances should be part of pay,.. just like neutrality allowance,” he said.

“So, if we had followed that programme, then with time we would have taken away most allowances, leaving only category 4, and that would have helped us to clean up the remuneration part.”

“So, the discussion should move from a consolidated type of salary rather than a split salary with several allowances. Now you take the money and spend and then when you retire you are given GHC500 to take care of yourself in a month, so we should stop the pretense,” Ansah told Asaase Radio’s Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

He described the call for a neutrality allowance as misplaced.

Listen to Yiadom Boakye Ansah in the attached file below:

Fred Dzakpata

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