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Staffs of Colleges of Education to embark on nationwide strike November 11

The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) have served notice to embarked on an indefinite strike action over their conditions of service.

In a joint statement, the two association has threatened to withdraw their services following government’s neglects of their welfare of their members in the 46 colleges of Education in recent years.

The two associations expressed that “the way government has handled issues affecting the welfare of our members in the colleges of education over the years” is not encouraging.

They outlined the “non-finalisation of CETAG’s Conditions of Service (CoS) negotiations which started on 14th August 2021 and have direct implications for CENTSAG’s own CoS.

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“Unilateral determination of April 2023 by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) as the effective date for placing First Degree Holders of CENTSAG on 17H on the SSSS.

“Undue delay by the Ministry of Education in responding to our request for payment of compensation for all-year-round work to both teaching and non-teaching staff.

“Deliberate variation of Fuel, Vehicle Maintenance, and Off-Campus allowances of CETAG and CENTSAG members as compared to our counterparts in other analogous institutions in the face of the rising cost of fuel prices in the country. Unfair retrospective deductions of office holding allowances paid to some members of CENTSAG and CETAG,” the statement added.

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According to them, failure on the part of the Ghana Education Service (GES) fails to address their aforementioned concerns with five crucial working days will seem them reactivate its indefinite strike actions.

“Finally, we want to state unequivocally that by Friday, 11 November 2022, if our demands have not been met, we shall reactivate our indefinite strike actions which we suspended on January 24 and April 14, 2022, respectively.”

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