The College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana(CETAG), has served notice of indefinite strike action by the close of this month, GhanaXtra.com can confirm.
The indefinite strike by CETAG is as a result of the government’s refusal to honour a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) signed with the association to pay compensatory arrears to its members.
At a meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2021, the National Executive Officers(NEO) resolved that the strike action is the only option left as the government has failed to honour its part of the bargain.
According to CETAG, they have given the government up to December 31, 2021, to pay all arrears owed them or they will embark on an indefinite strike.
“We have resolved to declare a strike action effective January 6, 2022, if the government fails to pay us by the end of this year”, a National Executive Officer told this portal.
Per credible information available to this portal, the decision has been welcomed by all CETAG members as there has been uneasy calm among the rank and file for some time now after several assurances from the government to pay the arrears as agreed in the MOU of the 2017-2021 COs failed to materialise.
The strike action if not averted could affect the start of the 2021/2022 academic year as the various Colleges of Education are scheduled to begin the first semester from January 7, 2022.
The government in August 2021, agreed on the payment of arrears for the 2017 CoS, which is 50% of Technical Universities Allowances for all the five Non-core Allowances(Responsibility, fuel, entertainment(for officeholders), commuting mileage, rent(all Senior Staff A), and Owner-occupier Allowances effective January 2021.
Meanwhile, GhanaXtra.com is reliably informed that the National Executive Officers(NEO) is scheduled to address the media tomorrow Monday, December 13, 2021, notifying the government and all stakeholders about the strike.