The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) have begun their indefinite strike in all 46 Colleges of Education across the country.
The Associations said they reactivated their strike action over the government’s failure to address the concerns of their welfare (service of working conditions) hence the decision following two separate emergency meetings held on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2022.
They expressed disappointment at the non-finalisation of Conditions of Service (CoS) negotiations, and 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 the SSSS contrary to the rules of engagement for the negotiations
They also cited the “undue delay by the Ministry to give approval for the payment of compensation for the all-year-round work to staff of the colleges of education.”
They gave the government a five-day ultimatum last Monday to address their concerns or they strike but following the expiration of the deadline, CETAG and CENTSAG have declared the strike effective today, Monday 14 November 2022 until their demands are met.
“The National Council of CETAG and CENTSAG wish to use this сommunique to entreat all members with the exception of the security departments to comply with the decision to withdraw our service indefinitely until the employer has unconditionally addressed all our concerns regarding Cos, effective date for placing First Degree Holders, retrospective deductions, variation of fuel, vehicle maintenance and off-campus allowance well as compensation for the all-roar-round work,” it said in a statement co-signed by Prince Obeng-Himah, National President, CETAG and Frederick Forkuo Yeboah, National President, CENTSAG.
Below is the full statement