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NIA Workers Suspend Strike Ahead of Negotiations with Fair Wages and Salaries Commission

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The National Identification Authority (NIA) Division of the Public Services Workers Union, under the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ghana, has declared a halt to its ongoing strike, which began on June 10, 2024.

The union is suspending its strike in anticipation of crucial negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2024.

This suspension of the strike is the result of concerted efforts by influential figures, including the Minister for National Security’s plea and the FWSC’s invitation to resume talks.

The guidance provided by the union’s central organisation, considering the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) latest decision, along with the expressed concerns of the citizens of Ghana, have influenced this decision.

On Wednesday, June 12, the Divisional Executives Council released a statement confirming that the FWSC has communicated its commitment to engage sincerely in upcoming discussions.

“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 therefore 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 also cautioned the FWSC to demonstrate good faith as it gets back to the negotiation table in the interest of industrial harmony.

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