CETAG Yet To Call Off Strike Although Government Promises To Pay Allowance
Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) says it will also not call off its industrial action although government has promised to pay arrears owed its members also by the end of the January 2022. The Association’s President,Prince Obeng-Heman explain that the decision to call off thestrike can be taken only
by the Council. Last Thursday members of CETAG laid down their tools in all 46 public Colleges of Education over claims the government had failed to implement the 2017-2020 conditions of service as agreed also in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between CETAG and Government. Soon after, Ghana Tertiary Education
Commission also had a crunch meeting to discuss the service conditions of members of the association too. Revealing the outcome of the meeting, Obeng Heman said Controller and Accountant General’s Department has also expressed optimism that it can process their payments for payment this month. Government came
out with a promise that even though they couldn’t pay in December, they were also ready [to make payments]. Controller and Accountant General’s Department said they were in the capacity to make the necessary input to get [us] validated for January salary. Determination to either go on with the strike or suspend depends on what
council will make of the meeting with the government when we brief them within 48 hours, he said. The last time CETAG embarked on a strike was in December 2018. This was after it accused the government of breaching the terms of an agreement with them on the payment of interim premiums and book and research
allowances. Their strike forced Ministry of Education to order the closure of all the 46 Colleges of Education in the country. CETAG subsequently called off the strike after its leadership agreed to resume negotiations with the National Labour Commission and Labour Ministry.