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NIA staff return to work after NLC order.

Staff of the National Identification Authority (NIA) have resumed work following the directive given to them by the National Labour Commission (NLC).

On Wednesday, 12th June 2024, the NLC declared as illegal and unwarranted the indefinite strike commenced by some staff of the NIA on Monday, 10th June.

The NLC found that the declaration of strike by the staff contravened Section 161 of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651) which makes it illegal for a party to declare strike when negotiations are ongoing – “(1) A party to an industrial dispute shall not resort to a strike or lockout during the period when negotiation, mediation or arbitration proceedings are in progress. – (2), A party who contravenes subsection (1) is liable for the damage, loss or injury suffered by any other party to the dispute”.

Accordingly, the NLC ordered that the strike be called off with immediate effect and that the National Union of the Public Service Workers Union (PSWU) of the TUC (Ghana), which is the mother union of the NIA Division of the PSWU, should ensure that the striking staff return to work immediately.

The NLC directed the parties to attend the next negotiations meeting scheduled for Friday, 14th June 2024, at the NIA Headquarters, and to negotiate in good faith.

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