Gov’t, CETAG negotiations on salary arrears breakdown

The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), will continue with its nationwide strike following the breakdown of negations with the government over their unpaid salaries.

The teachers declared the strike last week over their salary arrears, but were willing to call it off following government’s intervention and the commencement of discussions on the matter.

The Association said the government had failed to pay them their arrears since October 2016.

All 38 Colleges of Education across the country are still closed as academic work is expected to be further disrupted by the development.

According to the teachers, the negotiation with the government to amicably resolve the matter ended without any concrete assurances hence the decision to continue the strike.

The National Secretary of CETAG, Prince Obeng-Himah, in a Citi News interview said the government had failed to honour its obligation which had been clarified in a ruling by the National Labour Commission that CETAG must be paid within 2 weeks.

“We met with the Ministry last Monday, some discussions went on and promises were made and we expected that they will get back to us within the week. Unfortunately, we had a letter from the ministry signed by the Minister of Finance that fell short of the promise they made. It said there were one of two things they have to do before November ending before they can meet with us and agree on a payment schedule, which we think that it is a contradiction to the National Labour Commission ruling that came out on the 4th of October which directed that they have to pay the money to us in 2 weeks,” he said.

According to them, per the migration of the tertiary statuses of the Colleges of Education following the passage of the Colleges of Education Act 847 in 2012, the teachers were expected to be paid the salary difference between their previous salary levels and the new salaries from January to September 2016.

CETAG  has said that, until the arrears are paid, they are withdrawing their services from the 38 colleges across the country.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana