President John Mahama and Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwah
President John Mahama and Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwah
A labor expert, Austin Gamey Friday called for a truce between the Ghana government and organized labor over the latter?s decision to embark on an industrial action?on Wednesday.

President John Mahama and Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwah
President John Mahama and Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwah
???Gamey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gamey and Gamey Academy, observed that government should not have taken a unilateral decision to appoint a fund manager to see to the management of workers contribution.
?? ?The appointment of a fund manager should have been done with the consensus of the workers,? he said, and recommended the appointment of an arbitrator to find a solution to the impasse.
?? Major labor unions in the West African country on Tuesday, October 21, at a press conference declared an indefinite strike effective?Wednesday?over the government?s failure to pay their tier two pension contributions.
?? Consequently, they directed all members of 12 labor unions to stay away from work from Wednesday, October 22, until otherwise directed.
?? ???Acting General Secretary of the Health Services Workers? Union, Reynolds Tenkorang, noted that the unions had on several occasions complained to the country?s president, John Dramani Mahama, on the release of their pension funds but to no avail.
?? The group, he said, also petitioned the Parliamentary Select Committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises but this also yielded no positive results.
?? ?There have been countless meetings and interactions with the body mandated to oversee pensions in Ghana, that is the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA),? Tenkorang stated.
???? The striking unions comprise the Health Services Workers? Union (HSWU), Ghana Registered Nurses? Association (GRNA), Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Ghana Physician Assistants? Association (GPAA), Government and Hospitals Pharmacists? Association (GHPA), and the Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists (GACRA).
?? The rest are the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Judicial Services Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), and the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana CLOSSAG).
?? The National Pensions Act (NPA) 2008 (Act 766) gives contributors the liberty to choose their own trusts to operate their second tier pension schemes.
?? This resulted in the setting up of various schemes for the various labor unions.
?? The labor unions are therefore demanding an immediate release of their tier two pension funds into their own pension funds.
?? First beneficiaries of the tier two pension scheme are supposed to receive their lump sum beginning January 2015 but public sector workers across the country say they are in a fix as to where to claim the second tier pension benefits.
?? The minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has, however, described the strike by the various labor unions as unnecessary and uncalled for.
?? ?Government wishes to express its regret and utmost surprise at the needless action of the group,? the Employment minister said.
?? The industrial action by the 12 labor union across the country can paralyze or grind the country?s entire public and civil service machinery.
Source: Francis Tandoh

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