August 8, 2016 — According to reports, the Ghana Intellectual Property Registry staff as members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) began a nationwide strike on July 27, 2016. CLOGSAG is a Registered Trade Union. It mission is to promote the universal struggle of workers for a shorter work day, better salaries and conditions of service, and the right to organize. CLOGSAG initiated the strike action following the government’s failure to pay CLOGSAG members interim premium (a monetary incentive paid to attract and retain critical skills in short supply). There are currently over 50,000 members working at various ministries and local assemblies.
In response, the National Labour Commission (NLC) in Ghana, has ordered CLOGSAG to call of its strike action and resume work with immediate effect. According to the NLC, the strike action currently being embarked upon by members of CLOGSAG is illegal and a gross violation of the Labour Act (Act 651).
The Registry will not be conducting any business until the strike action is called off by CLOGSAG.
CLOGSAG is expected to meet with the NLC on August 10.
Source: IP Karibu