The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) on Tuesday inaugurated the Public Service Pensioners Association (PSPA) to support retired staff in public service organisations.
The Association would also unite all retirees of CLOGSAG, seek the welfare of members, ensure solidarity, promote unity, identify problems faced by retirees, defend the rights of members and lobby the government to improve the pension system in the country.
Mr. Bright Wireko Brobbey, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations (MELR), lamented the hardship retirees had to endure in retirement, adding that the formation of the Association has been long overdue. long time.
However, he said it was refreshing that the Association was formed under one umbrella to meet their retirement needs.
The deputy said the department would work with them to make the pension plan stronger and more responsive to the needs of all workers.
He said the formation of the PSPA would serve as an additional platform to promote dialogue and deepen collaboration for pension reforms.
Dr. Evans A. Dzikum, President of CLOGSAG, said that over the past five years, CLOGSAG has strategically developed and implemented certain social protection programs to improve the well-being of its members, especially active staff. .
He mainly said that the issues faced by retired officers were critical and said they would support the government’s efforts in various ways to carry out laudable retirement projects to help their members.
“Secondly, we must partner with other strategic organizations to provide adequate medical facilities for our retired officers. We will continue to work to deliver on our promises to retired members and officers,” he said.
Dr. Dzikum advised the newly elected executive members of the PSPA to be firm, objective and sincere in carrying out their duties to enable them to maintain established operational standards.
He assured them of CLOGSAG’s utmost support and cooperation and congratulated CLOGSAG for the excellent initiative undertaken to extend the life of staff after retirement.
Mr. Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, said that the aims and objectives of the Association were laudable and that over time the voice of public sector retirees would be heard and issues concerning public sector retirees would part of the government’s agenda.
He said that CLOGSAG was preparing a proposal to the government, in particular the Ministry of Employment, to allow workers to leave the Social Security and National Insurance (SSNIT) pension scheme after 180 months (the minimum stipulated by law).
Mr Addo said the government should make Tier 1 withdrawal optional and allow the person to decide which product pension fund to invest the money in.
“The money that SNNIT gives us is not enough and there are other retirement products that are working well, so after 180 months we should have the option to invest in other packages,” he said. -he declares.
Mr Godwin Brocke, Chief Civil Service Director, said it was important for public sector workers to plan for life after retirement.
“Preparing for retirement happens the day you are hired. The day you were employed is the day you start planning for your retirement because you pray for that day to come. But how do you prepare for retirement? And that’s one of the essential things that we have to deal with right now. It’s clear that many of our employees don’t have very fulfilling lives after working in the service,” he said.
Mr Brocke said the Office of the Head of Civil Service would work with all other key stakeholders to improve the basic conditions of the civil service and local government staff while they work.
He said they are also making other proposals to CLOGSAG and other stakeholders to address other issues such as the health of retired staff.