Refund Our Monies- LGWU

Joe Boahen
The Local Government Workers’ Union (LGWU) has asked the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to stop deducting the Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana (CLOGSAG) fund from its members’ salaries and that all monies deducted from its members’ salaries since July 2014 as CLOGSAG fund should be refunded to its members immediately.

The LGWU has also called on CAGD to stop, with immediate effect, what it described as the illegal deduction of dues from its members’ salaries.

In a communiqué adopted, signed and issued by its General Secretary, Joe Boahen, at its National Executive Council meeting held on October 31, 2014—a copy of which is available to DAILY GUIDE —LGWU stated emphatically that ‘we wish to stress that no LGWU member has consented to or agreed in any way that there should be a deduction called CLOGSAG Fund by the CAGD.’

It indicated that ‘the NEC takes strong exception to information available to it that CLOGSAG has been sending out forms to LGWU members of TUC (Gh) to fill and renounce their membership of the union.’

LGWU stated, ‘We wish to inform all workers at the MMDAs that the establishment of the Local Government Service (LGS) Act 656 of 2013 makes the LGS distinct from the Civil Service, and by extension, local government workers or MMDAs and RCC workers…’

It noted that ‘NEC is solidly behind the leadership of the LGWU to get all employees of the LGS such as District Coordinating Directors, Human Resource Managers and Budget and Planning Officers, among others, to be fully integrated into the fold of the union.’

‘This will enable the LGWU leaders to champion their interests, like working conditions, at the Governing Council Meetings of the LGS, on which the union is the sole representative of local government workers,’ the communiqué added.

It accused the Civil Servants’ Association and CLOGSAG of peddling falsehood that LGWU and CLOGSAG have merged.

‘There is some misrepresentation out there, which is being peddled by the Civil Servants’ Association (CSA) or CLOGSAG, that Local Government Workers Union and CLOGSAG have merged.

‘We wish to emphasise that the Local Government Workers’ Union has no intention whatsoever to merge with Civil Servants’ Association or CLOGSAG.’

It further indicated that ‘NEC will continue to support all proactive programmes of the leadership towards the growth of the union’, and called on all its members to ‘rise and expose any attempt by any other workers’ group engaging or adopting intimidatory tactics or coercion to get LGWU paid up members to fill forms to renounce their membership of the union or risk their names being taken off the controller payroll.’

BY Melvin Tarlue

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