Academic activities halted as CETAG defies orders to call off strike.


Academic activities halted as CETAG defies orders to call off the strike.

Academic activities across colleges of education have come to a halt as the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) continues its strike, defying directives to call it off.

This comes after CETAG on June 14, declared an indefinite strike over the government’s delay in implementing the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) Arbitral Award Orders and negotiated service conditions.

CETAG’s demands included the payment of one month’s salary to each member for additional duties performed in 2022 and the application of agreed rates of allowances payable to public universities for deserving CETAG members.

In response to this development, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) ordered CETAG to call off its industrial action with immediate effect.

The Commission criticised CETAG’s decision to strike at this critical juncture, labeling it an act of bad faith given the government’s efforts to address their grievances.

The FWSC emphasised that the government is actively working to resolve CETAG’s concerns and described the timing of the strike as unhelpful.

Despite this, CETAG has stated it will not comply with the directive issued by the FWSC to call off its ongoing strike.

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Speaking on Accra-base Citi FM, the President of CETAG, Prince Obeng-Himah, said the Association has not erred.

“…It is a legal action we have taken to protect our economic rights and that is enshrined in the labour act which is under the 1992 constitution. We haven’t erred in any way. The law is on our side.

“We can tell our people that the law is on our side, they should rally behind leadership. Let’s carry through with the process until such a time that the gov’t complies,” he stressed.

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