Members of the Colleges of Education Teachers’ Association of Ghana (CETAG) risk forfeiting their 2022 December salary if their ongoing strike action continues after week four, a source familiar with the development has disclosed.
This month’s salary threat comes after forty-four out of the forty-six local branches under the public Colleges of Education Teachers’ Association of Ghana (CETAG) voted to continue with their nationwide industrial action.
In a voting process, one of the Colleges under the Education Teachers Association – Methodist College of Education – voted to suspend the strike for two weeks but would resume if their welfare concerns are not satisfactorily addressed.
Despite a plea by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for members of the Teachers Association to call off its strike, the leadership has said they will rescind the strike action only after its demands for better conditions of service are met.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in a letter to the Colleges of Education Association, indicated that the pending issues would be resolved within two weeks after the immediate suspension of the industrial action.
“I reiterate the plea for the strike to be called off for further discussions on the following: the effective date of implementation of the conditions of service, generic allowances, compensation for all year-round work and the determination of a road map for the staff audit,” he stated.
The Education Minister and Bosomtwe Member of Parliament added that “as agreed, a meeting of all stakeholders shall be called immediately after the strike is called off to resolve the issues within two weeks.”
Teachers at the various public Colleges of Education on November 14, 2022, laid down their tools in protest against the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission’s unilateral action to vary CETAG’s 2021 Conditions of Service to a later date.