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Regional News of Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Source: GNA

CLOGSAG kicks against retrenchment

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) says it would kick against any government intention to retrench public service officials due to the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP).

The association said it had followed recent discussions on the impact of the implementation of the SSPP on the economy.

A statement signed by Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG in Accra, noted that since the conception and inception of the SSPP, nowhere had it been indicated that the implementation of the policy would include retrenchment in the public service.

He said the CoEn report, which formed the basis of the policy as well as the Technical Committee established by the Ministry of Public Sector Reform on the SSPP did not include any retrenchment clause as part of the framework.

The statement said the briefing notes prepared by the Technical Team in April, 2009 for the Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning and Employment and Social Welfare, and the government’s own white paper issued in November 2009 on the implementation of SSPP did not mention retrenchment.

The statement said: “It is, therefore, puzzling that the government is intending to introduce retrenchment in the public services as part of the implementation of the SSPP," and said CLOGSAG would not sit back and watch any killer policy on its members.

It said if the policy becomes a reality, the association will advise itself.