YEA workers threaten strike over unpaid salaries

 

 

 

Information reaching Today indicates that the all beneficiaries of Youth Employment Agency (YEA) from the ten regions in the country have threatened  to lay down their tools if government does not pay them their monthly allowances.

According to them, they have been working for the past three months without pay.

Some of the workers who spoke to Today complained bitterly that they were struggling to feed their families.

They said, they were fed up with the assurance from their regional and district outfits, and warned the government to pay them by the end of March 2017 or they will lay down their tools.

“We are appealing to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the YEA  to pay us our allowances”, they said.

District and regional leaders’  of the YEA who spoke to Today on condition of anonymity confirmed the  non-payment of  their  three months salary (from January to March 2017) to them,  and said they were not happy with the way they were being treated by the central government.

One Owusu Ansah, who has been working with the YEA for the past two years complained about unfair treatment from those at the helm of affairs.

He told the Today that workers had not been paid for the past  three months.

He pointed out that as “a single parent, I’m finding it difficult to pay my children’s school fees”.

“We planned to embark on a strike last month, but our leaders intervened and assured us that we will be paid soon, but nothing has changed ,” he added.

Meanwhile officials of YEA in Accra have confirmed that the government through YEA owes workers three months’ salary.

They however told Today that, efforts were being made to raise funds to settle the debt

They explained that the YEA had been unable to meet its obligation because it had not received funds from the government in the past three months.

“We hoped that by the end of this month the YEA will be in a position to settle the debt, they assured.

 

 

Story by Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu

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