Tuesday, 23 July

CETAG gears up to strike over unresolved service conditions

Education
Despite the hint at a strike action, CETAG did not specify the exact date for the impending industrial action

The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) is preparing to embark on industrial action following the government's failure to address their demands regarding service conditions. 

This follows government's inaction on CETAG's ultimatum which expired on Friday, 31 May 2024, without any resolution.

CETAG expressed frustration over the prolonged delay in implementing the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) Arbitral Award Orders and the negotiated service conditions. Among their demands is compensation for each member with one month's salary for additional duties performed in 2022, among other grievances.

In a letter to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), CETAG highlighted the reluctance of the NLC to enforce compliance with its own directives. 

"The National Labour Commission is reluctant to trigger Section 172 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) to compel our Employer to comply with the 2nd May, 2023 and 31st August 2023 orders and directives even though the union complied with the directive of the Commission to call off our strike in August 2023," the letter stated.

CETAG also accused the FWSC and the Ministry of Education of deliberately refusing to disburse a top-up of research allowance to deserving members, which was agreed upon in the 2023 Conditions of Service (CoS) Agreement and had received approval from the Ministry of Finance in July 2023. 

The agreement is set to be in effect until December 31, 2024.

Despite the hint at a strike action, CETAG did not specify the exact date for the impending industrial action. 

The association previously suspended an initial strike on September 5, 2023, in response to government assurances, which have yet to materialise.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku