CETAG, Gov’t meeting end in deadlock; strike continues

A three-hour meeting called by government in an attempt to get striking teachers of colleges of education to resume work has ended inconclusively.
Though government, represented by the Ministry of Finance, urged the teachers who have since November 2, 2017 been on strike, to return to the classrooms as processes are underway to pay them their salary arrears and resolve other matters, but the teachers turned down the request.
Officials of the Finance Ministry had explained to the teachers the steps government had taken in a bid to resolve the impasse which bothers on nine-month salary arrears, allowances, market premium and conditions of service. According to the officials of the Ministry, the Controller had promised to give them the required data on the teachers to enable them take the next line of action at the Audit service.
Teachers to gov’t The teachers, who form the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), demanded that government officially states in clear terms, the payment date for the arrears. The teachers proposed the end of November 2017 as the payment date.
“They asked that we return to the classrooms assuring that they would deliver. But, we stood our grounds and asked that they should give us a signed undertaking specifying in clear terms payment date for the arrears, having already proposed ending of this month,” National Secretary of CETAG, Prince Obeng-Himah, said in a statement.
Some teachers of the Holy Child College of Education He added “They said they needed to make some consultations before they could do that and that, they would give us the signed documents in the coming days. We told them that we would patiently stay home and wait for the said document to enable us advice ourselves accordingly,” Mr. Obeng Himah said the executives of CETAG said they tabled before the officials, the market premium issue as well as that of book and research allowances. He said “the strike continues” while they wait for government to come back with the signed undertaking.

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