NIA workers suspend strike ahead of crucial meeting

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

The decision to suspend the strike follows the union’s preparation for crucial engagement with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) fixed for Friday, June 14, 2024.

Following several interventions by stakeholders such as an appeal from the Minister of National Security and an invitation from the FWSC to resume talks, the suspension was implemented. This decision has also been influenced by the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) recent order, the union’s parent body’s guidance, and the outspoken concerns of Ghanaians.

In a statement released on Wednesday, June 12, the Divisional Executives Council stated that the FWSC had guaranteed them that they would show good faith in their ensuing interactions.

“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 be hesitant to return to our industrial action; this must be noted,” it added.

The council consequently appealed to its members to report to work on Thursday, June 10, 2024.

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

It asked the FWSC to demonstrate good faith as it returns to the negotiation table in the interest of industrial peace.

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