TEWU Declares Strike Over Unpaid Professional Development Allowances

TEWU Declares Strike Over Unpaid Professional Development Allowances



The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), has announced its decision to embark on a strike from tomorrow, the Wednesday, January 5, 2022, to demand arrears in their professional development allowances. At a news conference in Accra on the Tuesday, General Secretary of TEWU, Mark Denkyira Korankye, said all our


members, both in the schools, district, and the regional offices are also going to withdraw our services until an amicable settlement of this matter is reached. It was resolved, among others that if by the close of the year 2021, if the professional development allowances had not been paid to the non-teaching staff of the Ghana



Education Service, then as schools reopen for the last phase of the second semester, our members would withdraw their services to push home our demand of the payment of this professional development allowances, he explained. TEWU members include bursars, cooks, cleaners, administrators, accountants,



auditors, among others. Addressing the media, the General Secretary of the union, Mark Dankyira Korankye, said the strike will only be called off if their demands are met. Government must with immediate effect stop the naked discrimination against TEWU and also pay members their continuous professional development



allowance. The group’s last strike threat was in May 2021. That threat was in protest of poor conditions of service. The union’s last strike was on January 13, 2022, but the union’s national leadership called off strike on the January 18. At the time, TEWU said suspending the industrial action was going to allow for negotiations



with the government to also be conducted in good faith. TEWU has also been in talks with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission since June 2019 on the review of the conditions of service for unionised staff of public universities.