Forum Calls off Strike As Government Intervenes

Mr. lsaac Bampoe Addo

The FORUM made up of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Government Hospital Pharmacists’ Association (GHOSPA) and Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anesthetists (GACRA); Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT); Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called off its nationwide strike scheduled to take place on the 28th of October, 2020 in protest against the low credits paid to its retirees by SSNIT.
This came to light when government and members of the FORUM had series discussions and deliberated on the impasse and the way forward and finally thus agreed on the terms of settlement which brought an amicable solution on the past credits saga following the terms of settlement filed at the National Labour Commission on 22nd of October, 2020.
It will be recalled that, the FORUM declared its intension to embark on a nationwide strike as a result of SSNIT’s refusal to comply with the directives of the National Pension Act, 2008 (Act766) and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) directive on the mode of payment of the credits to its retirees.
Addressing the media at a news conference in Accra, the Chairman of the FORUM, Mr. Isaac Bampoe Addo said the National Labour Commission have accepted the terms of settlement as consent ruling in the matter on 26th of October, 2020 and explained that “what should be done to resolve issues pertaining to past credits had been clearly spelt out in the ruling.
According to him, players in the pension space in this regard must play their roles effectively to make the consent ruling achieve its purpose of bringing finality to the problems associated with past credits.
“The move by the FORUM to embark on solidarity strike was in solidarity with retirees to enable them enjoy the primary purpose of instituting the three-their pension scheme which came into effect on 1st of January, 2010,” he said.
The Chairman added that the FORUM will put in place the needed structures to ensure that the wellbeing of their public servants will receive realistic lump sum on retirement.
Mr. Isaac Addo commended the Office of the Senior Minister, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority for their inputs in resolving the impasse and thanked the media for their extensive reportage on challenges confronting the FORUM. LARYEA

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