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General News of Sunday, 11 September 2016

Source: 3 News

GES teachers declare indefinite strike from Monday Sept 12

Teachers in all thirty eight (38) Public Colleges of Education have declared an indefinite strike effective Monday September 12 over what they describe as “unduly delayed migration” to be able to draw salaries as tutors from other tertiary institution.

The National Executives Committee of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana took the decision after a meeting resolved to implement the strike following what they described as unfruitful meetings and deliberations with government.

The Ministries of Finance and Employment and Labour Relations and the National Labour Commission have all been blamed for “showing lack of commitment to migrate the tutors to our requisite placement in our tertiary dispensation according to the dictates of ACT 847”.

Speaking in an interview with the National Secretary of the association Prince Obeng Heman said “from 2012 up till now all the engagements that we’ve had have ended in a deadlock.

So we think that they have not shown any strong commitment of doing it that.

“We should be on new ranks now that should commensurate the new job that we are doing. All the meetings we’ve had not even one minister has been there. If even you say the substantive minister is busy, he has two deputies… Not even one of them has shown the commitment to be there.”

The strike would affect teaching in all the institutions across the country.

Mr. Heman further indicated that “we take this as a strike of our lives, a strike of destiny and we are prepared to stretch up to the limit until we are migrated. When we see the payment reflect in our bank accounts, that is when we would reconsider our decision.”

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