NSS Personnel in Ghana Declare Nationwide Strike Over Unpaid Allowances

by Louisa Afful
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The Concerned National Service Scheme (NSS) Personnel Association of Ghana (CONSPAG) has announced a nationwide strike starting from Wednesday, July 3, 2024, until their allowances are paid.

In a statement dated July 2, 2024, addressed to all NSS personnel, user agencies, and stakeholders, the Association highlighted several challenges prompting the strike. These include unpaid accommodation and utility bills, lack of transport to workplaces, and insufficient funds for basic sustenance.

Due to the non-payment of allowances, many personnel have resorted to borrowing money, resulting in health complications for some.

Currently, the government owes trainees five months’ allowance and university graduates three months’ allowance. Despite NSS regulations that impose sanctions for prolonged absence from posts, personnel have continued working under harsh conditions without pay for months.

The Association condemned the situation, likening it to slavery, and expressed frustration that their contributions to public and private institutions go unrecognized.

Calling for support from stakeholders including media, political leaders, and traditional authorities, the Association urged swift action to ensure timely payment of allowances and recognition of their vital role in national service.

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