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Public Service Workers Union to join COLA strike

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The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) is set to strike from July 19 to demand a 20 percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

The union will be joining its cohorts in the pre-tertiary education sector, which have been on strike since last week.

Various groups including the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives have also joined calls by some public sector workers for the government to pay them the 20% allowance.

In a statement, it said the strike was in response to the government’s lack of action on the request for the allowance, amid the rise in inflation and cost of living in Ghana.

“In the midst of rising cost of living, inflation currently pegged at 27.6% (with a propensity to rise further) and pending astronomical increases in utility tariffs, the economic analysis which formed the basis of our acceptance of a one-year salary increment for the year 2022 has obviously been thrown out of gear.

“Considering the worsening economic challenges, members of the PSWU are left with no other option but to draw attention to their economic wellbeing,” the statement added.

The decision to strike was taken at an emergency meeting on July 8.

Below is the full statement:

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