The seeming neglect of the well-being of teachers in the Colleges of Education by the government has left the Colleges of Education Teachers Association Ghana (CETAG) and the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association (CENTSAG) infuriated.
They blamed the Ghana Education Service for the constant unfair treatment over the years in a joint statement to show how angry they are about the situation.
CETAG called off industrial action in January after the government promised to put the necessary measures in place to institute the 2017-2020 conditions of service for the association but that is unfortunately yet to be carried out ten months on.
An ultimatum of five days was issued to the Ghana Education Service by leaders of the two associations to resolve their issues.
In the press statement, the two groups listed the following concerns:
1. CETAG want issues regarding their conditions of service which negotiation commenced on 14th August 2021 and addressed an effect on CENTSAG’s conditions of service.
2. 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.
3. Ministry of Education intentionally delay compensating Teaching and Non-Teaching staff members of the Association for all year-round work.
4. Intentional 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.
5 They also feel deduction of retrospective office holding allowance paid to CETAG and CENTSAG members is not fair.
The unions cautioned that if these issues they have enumerated are not addressed by November 11 2022 they will embark on industrial action again.