NIA Workers Suspend Strike Ahead of Crucial Negotiations - Onlinetimesgh

NIA Workers Suspend Strike Ahead of Crucial Negotiations

The Divisional Executives Council of the Public Services Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ghana, National Identification Authority (NIA) Division, has announced the suspension of its indefinite strike, which commenced on June 10, 2024.

The decision to pause the industrial action comes as the union prepares for pivotal discussions with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2024.

The suspension follows a series of interventions from key stakeholders, including an appeal from the Minister for National Security and an invitation from the FWSC to return to the negotiation table. The union’s parent body advised the suspension in light of the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) recent ruling and the vocal concerns of the Ghanaian public, which also played a role in this resolution.

The Divisional Executives Council, in a statement issued on Wednesday, June 12, indicated that the FWSC had assured them of their willingness to act in good faith during subsequent engagements.

“However, this gesture will be put to the test on Friday, June 14, 2024. Members are therefore assured that if, at the close of negotiations on Friday, the government fails to demonstrate true faith by granting us Institution Specific Allowances, we would not hesitate to return to our industrial action; this must be noted,” the statement added.

The council appealed to its members to report to work on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

“We appreciate your unprecedented massive solidarity and compliance following the declaration of the strike action. The action has made a tremendous impact. However, we anticipate favorable outcomes within the shortest possible time.”

The statement also cautioned the FWSC to demonstrate good faith as it returns to the negotiation table in the interest of industrial harmony.


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