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16.09.2005 General News

It's illegal to threaten strike action

By GNA

...for 2006 salaries Accra, Sept. 16, GNA - The government on Thursday said that the fact that negotiations for increase in salaries for the year 2006 has not begun, should not be a basis for any organisation to threaten strike action.

It said it was illegal to embark on strike on the basis of future salaries that would only start in 2006.

A statement signed by Mr Kofi Aggrey, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Manpower Youth and Employment, said it had come to the notice of the government that some organisations within the public sector intend to go on strike on the premise that government had failed to negotiate increases in salary for 2006.

It said, "The Ministry considers this to be rather premature." The Ministry drew the attention of the public to the fact that much as it was the desire of government to prepare and present the budget by early November this year, work on it had not yet been completed with regard to the figures that would eventually go into the 2006 budget. "Preparatory work is currently on-going in respect of the analysis required to determine the specific mandate to be given to the Ministry for negotiations of salaries of all public sector workers," it said. The statement said it was hoped that such a mandate would be made available by the end of September for negotiations to take off. It said it was expected that workers who drew salaries from the Consolidated Fund and were regularly paid should dutifully serve the state in accordance with the law.

The statement was concluded with an appeal to public sector workers to comply with the existing regulations while every thing was being done in the overall interest of the nation.

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