National Lottery Authority (NLA) under the leadership of Kofi Osei-Ameyaw has declared massive support and commitment to the unionisation of staff members of the authority.
Consequently, the management of NLA on February 12, 2020 received guidelines/rules governing the Standing Negotiation Committee (SNC) from three separate unions.
This was stated in a release issued by the Public Relations Unit of the NLA over the weekend.
According to the statement, the unions include: Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance (UNICOF), Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), Ghana and Financial Business and Services Employees Union (FBSEU).
“For the avoidance of doubt, these are three individual unions currently doing their possible best to unionise staff of the National Lottery Authority (NLA),” the statement stressed.
The statement disclosed that separate meetings had been held between management of NLA and the individual unions on 12th, 13th and 14th February, 2020 respectively.
These meetings, it said, were held under the chairmanship of Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, the Director-General of NLA.
“The Guidelines/Rules of the Standing Negotiation Committee from the FBSEU, ICU and UNICOF have been signed and adopted,” it said.
As part of the process, the statement added that it was expected that the three unions—UNICOF, FBSEU and ICU—shall furnish the NLA with copies of their List and Verification Forms signed by staff members of the NLA indicating the authorisation of union dues deduction from their monthly salaries.
“It is important to state that so far none of the three unions have completed the process of the unionisation of the staff of the authority. None of the three unions have fulfilled all the criteria in relation to the bargaining power to negotiate on behalf of staff of the authority.”
To this end, the statement indicated that management of the NLA would do everything possible to ensure the smooth and successful unionisation of the staff members of the NLA.
It went on to add “The Authority would cooperate fully and wholly with all relevant stakeholders in the unionisation of the staff of the Authority.”
Story: Ato KEELSON