The Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) has declined an invitation by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission over its intended strike.
The Association contends that several efforts to get the respective agencies to improve their working conditions have proved futile, a situation which has necessitated an intended strike effective Monday, April 11.
The strike will reflect in all forty-six (46) Colleges of Education across the country.
Among the grievances of the association are, wrong placement of First Degree Holders, Non-payment of migration arrears, exclusion of payment of Generic allowances, partial payment of office Holding allowances, and non-payment of Interim Market Premium arrears.
The Association said the strike action has become necessary since their employers and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) have continuously disregarded their calls for an improvement in their conditions of service and to pay some allowances owed them despite several engagements.
Read their full statement below:
DECLARATION OF INDEFINITE STRIKE
The Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana shall embark on an indefinite strike starting Monday 11 April 2022 across all forty-six (46) public Colleges of Education in Ghana.
The issues of our action are grounded on the following:
1. Wrong placement of First Degree Holders.
2. Non-payment of migration arrears
3. Exclusion of payment of Generic Allowances
4. Partial payment of Office Holding Allowances
5. Non-payment of Interim Market Premium Arrears
The decision to embark on strike has been necessitated by the continuous disregard for the above issues affecting the welfare of our members.
It will be recalled that a notice to embark on strike was served in January 2022 but could not be carried through due to the intervention of the National Labour Commission (NLC).
It is unfortunate that since January 2022, no commitment has been demonstrated to find solution to the issues raised except for the partial payment of office holding allowances.
The date given by the NLC for the government team to address the concerns raised had clapsed but no tangible solution had been professed. In the circumstances, we have no option than to embark on industrial action to press home our demands for equitable and better conditions of service.
We are by this release informing all our members with the exception of the security class to stay away from College until otherwise instructed.
The Director-General, GTEC
The President, PRINCOF All Local & Zonal Branches, CENTSAG
FREDERICK FORKUO YEBOAH NATIONAL PRESIDENT
In a letter sighted by MyGhanaMedia.com, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission invited the association for a meeting on Friday, April 8, 2022 but they have proposed the date.
The Association in a response has however suggested the postponement of the said meeting as key members are unavailable on the proposed date.
“We regret to say that much as we would love to honour this important meeting, some of our members whose presence are required at this meeting have prior engagements on the said date and therefore organizing them for the said date is almost impossible,” the association noted.
The Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG), has declared its intention to strike from Monday, April 11, 2022.
According to the association, several engagements with their employers and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) since January 2022 have not yielded the desired results of improving their conditions of service and payment of arrears.
They said their strike was grounded on various issues including wrong placement of First Degree Holders, Non-payment of migration arrears, exclusion of payment of Generic Allowances, partial payment of Office Holding Allowances, and non-payment of Interim Market Premium arrears.
Read the response below: