The strike action by members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana is far from ending as members reject all negotiations with government until their November salaries are paid.CETAG members had their salaries frozen by government after they called a strike in protest over poor conditions of service.
The strike was declared on October 29 with the members hoping their issues on market premium and research allowance will be resolved by government.
The National Council for Tertiary Education(NCTE) also backed government’s decision describing the by CETAG as illegal and needless.
President of CETAG, Prince Obeng-Himah, who addressed the media described a directive to withhold salaries of their members as illegal and wrong.
He, however, said CETAG will honour the summons by the National Labour Commission(NLC) but added it will disregard any move to meet government until their frozen salaries are released.
“We have been clear and we need to be consistent that unless the issue of the frozen salary is settled we will not sit down to have any discussion with any government agency,” he told newsmen.
Colleges of Education faces closure
The strike action by CETAG has entered its fourth week thus putting academic work in jeopardy.
CETAG has defended its indefinite strike saying it has been in negotiations with the government since 2012 when the law was passed to give the colleges full tertiary status.
It has had five engagements with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission since the colleges were upgraded in 2016.
These engagements, according to CETAG, have not yielded any favourable result, and their members continue to be unfairly remunerated.
Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana, TTAG, has however asked government to address the concerns of their lecturers else they will advise themselves.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori