The Ashanti regional branch of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), has given indications it will embark on a strike on May 3 if the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) fail to start negotiations on categories 2 and 3 allowances.
They are also calling for a re-negotiation of their conditions of Service.
According to the Association, the feet dragging posture adopted by the Commission is a deliberate ploy to deprive POTAG of what is due them.
In an interview with Citi News, Chairman of the Ashanti regional branch of POTAG, Edmond Oppong Peprah, stated that all attempts made to get the authorities to address their concerns had been ignored.
“POTAG Kumasi had a meeting on the 16 April. At the meeting members expressed worry that till now they have not seen any light at the commencement of negotiations … Members are aware that this has expired or close to 7 years now and are expecting that by now negotiations would have started.”
Others also feel that it was a deliberate attempt by the Fair Wages and Salary Commission to delay the process as long as possible.”
Mr. Oppong Peprah, added that because all attempts to get the authorities to address their concerns had not worked out “members concluded that we should send a word of caution that for 3rd May they will not compromise.”
National President of POTAG, Francis Atintono when contacted for comment on the development however noted: “I am aware about such a strike. I am surprised about such an action to be taken by POTAG in Kumasi.”
By : Citifmonline.com/Ghana