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THE MASK TO JOB SEEKING AFTER YULETIDE

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Some people after the yuletide return to their jobs, others get going with new job opportunities likewise others go in search of new jobs to meet the long demands of the first month and the days ahead of the New Year.

They say, starting the year with a new job is deprecatory due to the increasing demands of life. Planning of a new life is exigent and requires putting more effort into ones output to changing a life time situation.

Healthy diets, Wedding bells, modifying apartment and wardrobes, expanding financial status amongst others are some New Year resolutions for people that are targeted to be met.

Scores of people after yuletide move into new jobs signed at the end of the previous year to expand territories coupled with their years resolution. The most critical are those who lay off their jobs but goes out in search of new jobs after the celebration.

These people meet all kinds of impediments in their search as some even come with higher demands before they are given the job of their choice. Crossing borders to financially advanced countries is one most minacious step taken by people.

On the outskirts of the capital cities, notice of vacancies are all over in town with bait salaries.

A fellow Kojo who shared his story on job seeking said it nearly cost him his life as another said he would have joined a secret cult if he pursued the job he was after.

I was in search of a job and a friend introduced me to an interesting white colored job. I pursued but was later told to pay an amount of ₵4,000. At the later part I was sent to a hide out where I met many youth some of my age and others above. How I managed to go back home was a miracle.” Kojo said.

Not to hark back the pain and tragedy of the past years on Libya Akwantuo where dozens of Ghanaians who travelled to Libya were put through inhumane act whereas others lost their lives without their families giving them a befitting burial or last respect.

It took the intervention of government and few people who went to the rescue of these migrants.

As we run after the future we aimed at, lets also prioritize our life above everything and make it through the positive way. Be watchful of the kind of job you seek.

By Akua Oteng Amponsah

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MPs meet CLOGSAG; hopeful strike will be called off soon

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The impact of the strike by CLOGSAG is now hitting Parliament, as Members of  Parliament’s  Local Government Committee say they cannot access their Common Fund because Local Government staff who are supposed to help with the documentation are on strike.

This came up after a meeting between members of the  Local Government Committee and leadership of CLOGSAG in Parliament on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Addressing the media after the meeting, the Vice Chairman of the Local Government Committee of Parliament, Suleman Adamu Sanid expressed optimism that members of CLOGSAG will resume work soon.

“Every MP is affected by the strike. There are so many things that we are trying to process, but we cannot do. If things go through, I’m sure it [strike] will be resolved in no time. Let’s remain positive,” he said.

Suleman Sanid also indicated that the committee will consider engaging the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) for a permanent solution to the problem.

“We are looking at engaging the FWSC because they’ve been in existence for so long, and we still have strike actions here and there. We want to engage them to really understand what is still holding them and causing some of these things so that as a country we can see how to address this. If FWSC doesn’t have the necessary legislative tools, we can do that so that this perineal issues of strikes here and there will be a thing of the past,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo, Nii Lante Vanderpuye says they’ll consider making a statement on the floor of the House upon resumption of Parliament to address the issue of wide disparity in salaries of public sector workers, which is the cause of most labour agitations.

“We did make the appeal to them (CLOGSAG) in the interest of Ghana. All of us are feeling it and that is why Parliament has been invited to come in. For MPs, our Common Fund releases at the assemblies cannot be worked on. We thought that our appeal hit CLOGSAG, and they’ve given us assurance, so let’s pray that what they are looking for, they will get it so that they can resume work. We have taken a decision that on resumption of the house, we shall make a statement on this issue of disparity of the wage structure of the various labour organization so that as a country we take a look one more time on wage and workers’ conditions of service to resolve this,” he said.

Source: Citinewsroom.com

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CLOGSAG strike biting hard as many seeking gov’t services are left stranded

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Many applicants who attempted to register or renew their businesses at the Registrar General’s Department in Accra were left disappointed on Thursday, May 5, 2022, following the industrial action by members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana, (CLOGSAG).

The applicants left in disappointment due to the ongoing strike by CLOGSAG.

CLOGSAG is demanding that the government honours a payment plan for their Political Neutrality Allowance agreed on in January 2022.

Some of the affected applicants who were not attended to shared their frustrations with Citi News.

“I cannot enter because they are on strike. It is not good news because, in business, every day counts.”

“I came all the way from Kasoa, and I was told that they are on strike.  I am very disappointed. I traveled quite a distance, and they are not able to tell me when they will resume”, another said.

Another applicant said, “there is nobody, and the machines have been put off with no service being rendered. I am so disappointed.”

“I have started a new business and I want to register, and I came all the way from Spintex. I just realized they are on strike because I didn’t know about it”, one other person mentioned.

At the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, officials said they have been gravely affected by the ongoing strike.

According to the assembly, some of its functions have stalled over the period due to the action.

Speaking to Citi News, the Presiding Member of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alfred Adjei, appealed to members of CLOGSAG and the government to find a common ground in resolving their concerns.

“CLOGSAG forms an integral part of the Assembly’s structure and administration. Without them, you can never run the assembly effectively. Whatever decision we want to take, they must guide it because they are the technocrats, so their absence is really affecting us” he lamented.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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‘Expect serious unrests on labour front if salaries aren’t improved’ – TUC warns

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has warned of more unrests in the labour front if the government fails to protect jobs and consider an upward review of salaries before June 2022.

The Secretary General of the TUC, Dr. Anthony Baah, said over the past six years, his administration has sought to use dialogue to resolve issues with their employer, the government, but that has achieved very little results.

While speaking on The Point of View on Citi TV on Wednesday, Mr. Baah said workers will resort to other unpleasant means to press home their demands due to the government’s reluctance to give them their due.

“We resort to talking and dialogue and we have been doing this for at least over the last six years, and there is no result to show for it and that is why there is anger. This is the signal that I gave, to let government know that if they do not listen to us through the dialogue, we will do what trade unions do. If government doesn’t change its way of doing things in terms of protecting incomes and jobs, I can tell you that things will happen,” he said.

The Trades Union Congress has recently heightened its call on the government to deal with the low wages they earn.

They have thus backed moves for the setting up of a committee towards reviewing the Single Spine Pay Policy.

But Dr. Baah is warning that there may be serious unrests on the labour front if their warnings are not heeded.

“Reviewing the Single Spine Pay Policy and making sure our incomes are protected is our priority. If inflation keeps going up, it will come to a point where we can’t take it anymore, and that will start serious labour unrests in this country which will not be good for us,” he said.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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