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General News of Monday, 10 December 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Teacher trainees return to class today after CETAG strike

After about a month of missing lessons due to a strike by their teachers, teacher trainees will resume classes today [Monday], as their tutors return to the classroom.

The teachers have been protesting the payment of their interim market premiums and book and research allowances.

They called off the strike last week after the National Labour Commission intervened, ordering both parties to resolve the issues within fourteen working days, beginning today.

Previous negotiations between the association and other stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) were unfruitful.

According to the teachers, they will work within their means to recover the lost classroom hours.

The National Secretary of CETAG, Nathan Ohene Gyan, earlier said his outfit was pleased with NLC’s intervention.

“We have been very clear and quite explicit in our language in what is expected of the two parties, we believe in the rule of law and the word that was given by the Commission is well with us. There is an element of compulsion in there which every one of us would have to respect.”

CETAG had been on strike over the failure of the government to pay them their Interim Market Premiums and Book and Research allowance.