The Electoral Commission Staff have finally decided to go on strike over low salaries and other discouraging conditions of service. In a recent statement addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei, the staff stated that they would begin a nationwide strike on February 22, 2016 to protest their poor service conditions.
This statement was released after the Electoral Commission Staff meeting on Thursday to reach a consensus regarding the date for the strike. They said in their statement that they have explored all avenues towards resolving the issues concerning their work conditions to no avail.
The Electoral Commission Staff also said that all salary negotiations with the relevant institutions and authorities since 2012 have yielded no positive result. Although they were paid salary allowances after every salary negotiation, they regarded it as a ”window dressing of the real problem”, as that is only a temporary solution to the problem. This is because failure to tackle the problem from the root would sill mean they would keep coming back with more complaints. The EC workers want a long-term resolution. A lasting solution where the ideal work conditions are met ranging from their economic welfare to social security for retirement.
Here’s the full statement addressed to the EC Chairperson Charlotte Osei:
RESOLUTION OF THE DIVISIONAL UNION AND THE SENIOR STAFF ASSOCIATION OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION AT A JOINT EMERGENCY MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 19TH JANUARY, 2016 AT THE HEAD OFFICE, ACCRA
We the undersigned and leaders of the Union and the Senior Staff Association, on behalf of the entire staff, having met on Tuesday, 19th January, 2016, at the Head office and dispassionately and thoughtfully considered and dilated our conditions of service in general, but with special emphasis on the low salary levels.
Noting that, all avenues for resolution have been exhausted.
Realizing that all salary negotiations undertaken with the relevant institutions and authorities since 2012 have yielded no resolution.
Realizing that the payments of allowances after every salary negotiation are but only window dressing of the real problem.
Mindful of our economic and social security as employees after retirement.
Determined to build for ourselves and our families through all legal and legitimate means a happy, comfortable and restful future and not depending on families and relations.
Believing that our humble and meek posture in all negotiations have been taken to be a weakness and thus not taken serious.
Pledging to conduct our affairs within the constitutional prescription, and in the exercise of our constitutional right as employees;
Do hereby resolve and be unequivocally be resolved that;
a) On 8th of February, 2016, the entire staff of the Electoral Commission will raise red flags in all Commission’s establishments and vehicles as a sign of our dissatisfaction and aversion of the state of affairs.
b) On 15th February, 2016, the entire staff will embark on a sit-down strike, and
c) On 22″ February, 2016, a full-blown strike will be embarked upon by the entire staff.
We write this to bring to your notice and attention this roadmap of our intended actions.
cc: Deputy Chairman, Operations
Deputy Chairperson, Finance & Administration
All Commission Members
Head Quarters Directors