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Labour Analyst, Austin Gamey, is proposing a review of the Neutrality Allowance being demanded by some public sector workers.

He makes the point that, although civil servants deserve some more financial rewards to improve service conditions, the current form of the Neutrality Allowance they are crying over will rather make them worse off.

Austin Akufo Gamey is a seasoned politician and labor dispute resolution expert and consultant. He served for two terms as a member of parliament for the North Tongu constituency in the Volta region of Ghana, from 1992 to 2001.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Austin Gamey suggested that the allowance should be withdrawn completely, asking the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) and the Public Services Workers Union to return to the negotiation table for a proper revision of the terms of the allowance agreed.

“There cannot be a U-turn, the only thing is to engage. There can be re-negotiation so that instead of a neutrality allowance, they should do some adjustments to wage levels or find something else to do. The civil service deserves some raise, but it should not be a permanent allowance. Maybe they should agree on a time frame, they should consult. So I will prefer that they go back to the negotiation table. That is a better way of dealing with it.”

Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Isaac Bampoe Addo, insists that all negotiations and documentation on the payment of the allowance have been concluded.

He disclosed that the National Labour Commission has instructed the Finance Ministry to pay the said allowance of which a payment plan will soon be rolled out.

Isaac Bampoe Addo was reacting to concerns raised by the public, stakeholders and some think tanks who have kicked against the allowance and advocated for its complete withdrawal.

Following CLOGSAG’s strike, 36 organizations under the Public Services Workers Union have also said that they all deserve political neutrality and therefore are calling on the government to consider them as well.

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Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has also kicked against the payment of the allowance, emphasising that the state does not owe any public worker any compensation for being neutral.

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Mr. Bentil has added that members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana, (CLOGSAG), who are demanding neutrality allowance, should resign if they cannot stay neutral in the discharge of their duties.

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