Two major staff associations at the country’s 46 colleges of education have threatened to lay down their tools if the government doesn’t put their welfare first.
The groups are the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the Colleges
of the Non-Teaching Education Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG).
They say they are disappointed with “the way the government has dealt with issues affecting the welfare of our members in the Colleges of Education over the years”.
Some of the issues include the non-finalization of Terms of Service (CoS) negotiations, the unilateral determination of April 2023 by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as the effective date to place first degree holders from CENTSAG at 5 p.m. on the SSSS, undue delay by the Ministry of Education in response to our request for payment of compensation, among others.
On November 6, the joint communiqué gave the government five working days to
respond to concerns or risk a strike.
CETAG and CENTSAG insisted that “by Friday November 11, 2022 if our requests have not
met, we will reactivate our indefinite strike actions that we had suspended on January 24 and
April 14, 2022 respectively.
Meanwhile, three striking teachers’ unions have decided to continue their industrial action after an inconclusive meeting with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
The leadership of the unions – the National Association of Graduate Teachers, the National Association of Ghana Teachers and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers of Ghana – declared a strike on Friday, November 4, 2022.
The industrial action comes after an ultimatum the unions gave to the government to reverse its decision on the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah, the new chief executive of the Ghana Education Service, expired.
Following the ultimatum, the Ministry of Employment and Social Relations called the Unions to a meeting on strike notice on Friday November 04, 2022.
The meeting was inconclusive and was therefore postponed to Monday, November 07, 2022.
Reverend Isaac Owusu, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, said they hope to have a favorable response by Monday, November 07, 2022.
He said they would report back to their members on the results of the meeting pending the next meeting on Monday.
Reverend Owusu stressed that they hoped their concerns would be addressed.
Mr Bright Wireko-Brobbey, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, said the department hoped the matter would be settled out of court.
He urged the unions to call off the strike as soon as they start.
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