Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI-Africa, has demanded that the neutrality allowance provided to federal servants be abolished immediately.
According to him, the Constitution forbids civil officials from participating in party politics, hence the scheme’s establishment is illegitimate.
His remark came after the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) announced its decision to go on strike starting today, April 21, in protest of the government’s inability to pay its members’ neutrality allowance.
The stipend was part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the government on January 20, 2022, according to the Association.
CLOGSAG reported that despite official notifications and follow-ups to the Finance Ministry, the stipend has not been paid after more than three months as planned.
Franklin Cudjoe, on the other hand, has called the stipend a ruse, claiming that the government should not be paying it.
“The fundamental premise behind civil service employment or public service job is rooted in the principle of neutrality, anonymity, and permanence,” he said in an interview. It’s erroneous, and it should be discarded immediately.” In the meantime, the National Labour Commission (NLC) has expressed surprise at CLOGSAG members’ choice to go on strike. Ofosu Asamoah, the NLC’s Executive Secretary, disclosed that a stakeholder meeting was held on Wednesday to try to address the differences.
The said encounter, he claims, was fruitful.
“There will not be a strike tomorrow.” I personally met with the General Secretary of CLOGSAG; there is no strike. No strike has been ordered by the national executives, and there will be no strike tomorrow.
“The 5th of April circular is making the rounds. That was prior to the intervention of the NLC. So there will be no strike tomorrow as a result of the NLC involvement,” he stated. Ghana Civil and Local Government Employees Association (CLOGSAG) IMANI-Africa Franklin Cudjoe Allowance for neutrality