The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) has served notice that its nationwide strike takes effect from Wednesday 5 January, 2022.
According to TEWU, their agitations follows government and its other related agencies’ failure to pay Continuous Development Professional (CPD) allowance to non teaching staff.
The leadership of TEWU feels “disheartened at the naked discrimination against the non-teaching staff”, when welfare packages are initiated for the education sector aimed at improving teaching and learning.
In a release issued on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the general secretary of the Union, Mr. Mark Dankyira Korankye said the government has failed to fulfil its promise after the Minister for Education in 2020 announced the approval of CPD allowance to both teaching and non-teaching staff of the (GES), worth GH₵1,200.00 and GH₵600 respectively.
“A formal complaint has been lodged with the National Labour Commission with the hope that the management of GES and other stakeholders will play their roles to resolve the problem with the payment of this CPD allowance for the non-teaching staff, to avoid any action that will disturb the industrial harmony in our educational institutions, especially in our second cycle institutions”
“At the last National Executive Council meeting held in December 2021, it was resolved among others, that if by the close of the year 2021, the CPD allowance is not been paid to the non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service, then as schools re-open for the last phase of the second semester of 2020/2021 academic year, our members will withdraw our services to push home our demand for the payment of this CPD allowance.”
The statement stressed that “we therefore wish to inform the Government and its agencies, Parents and the Ghanaian Public that as schools reopen tomorrow, 5th January 2022, they should not expect any of the non-teaching staff to be at post”
“These would include, but not limited to the Domestic Bursars, Matrons, Cooks, Pantry Hands, Labourers, Cleaners, Administrators, Accountants, Librarians, Logistics and Supply Officers, Internal Auditors” TEWU added.