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NSS personnel begin nationwide strike over unpaid allowances

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The Concerned National Service Scheme (NSS) Personnel Association of Ghana (CONSPAG) has commenced a nationwide strike effective Wednesday, July 3, 2024, to demand the settlement of outstanding allowances.

In a communication dated July 2, 2024, directed to all NSS personnel, user agencies, and relevant parties, the association highlighted the difficulties that prompted this drastic action.

They pointed out challenges in meeting accommodation and utility expenses, covering transportation costs to their assigned agencies, and ensuring basic sustenance while on duty.

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CONSPAG stated that many individuals have been forced to borrow money to make ends meet due to the prolonged delay in receiving their allowances. Additionally, it was mentioned that health problems have arisen among the personnel as a direct consequence of these financial struggles.

“We are entitled to our monthly allowance as we render mandatory service to the state. As of now, the government owes trainees five months allowance and graduates from the Universities three months.

“According to NSS rules and regulations, personnel who fail to report at the post for three months after posting will be sanctioned and we have been working with empty stomachs and other unfriendly conditions of work for five and three months without allowance,” portions of the statement read.

The association further called on all public and private stakeholders, including media houses among others to come to their aid and help push for the timely payment of allowances.

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