In protest of harsh working circumstances, the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) have threatened a national strike.
According to the two associations, the welfare of their members in the 46 colleges of Education has recently been neglected by the government.
The two organizations expressed their dissatisfaction in a joint statement with “the manner government has handled matters affecting the welfare of our members in the colleges of education throughout the years.”
They expressed their worries by stating that the ongoing Conditions of Service (CoS) discussions for CETAG, which began on August 14, 2021, have an immediate impact on CENTSAG’s own CoS.
“Unilateral determination of April 2023 by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as the effective date for placing First Degree Holders of CENTSAG on 17H on the SSSS.
“Undue delay by the Ministry of Education in responding to our request for payment of compensation for all-year-round work to both teaching and non-teaching staff.
“Deliberate variation of Fuel, Vehicle Maintenance, and Off-Campus allowances of CETAG and CENTSAG members as compared to our counterparts in other analogous institutions in the face of the rising cost of fuel prices in the country. Unfair retrospective deductions of office holding allowances paid to some members of CENTSAG and CETAG,” the statement read.
They also criticized the Ministry of Education for its excessive delay in replying to their request for payment of benefits for year-round work to both teaching and non-teaching workers.
Therefore, the unions have warned to renew their indefinite strike measures should the Ghana Education Service (GES) fail to resolve their aforementioned issues within five essential working days.
“Finally, we want to state unequivocally that by Friday, 11 November 2022, if our demands have not been met, we shall reactivate our indefinite strike actions which we suspended on January 24 and April 14, 2022, respectively.”