General News of Thursday, 22 March 2012

Source: citifmonline

POTAG strike to end by weekend

It appears the indefinite strike by the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) could be called off by the end of the week.

The leadership of POTAG has said it has almost reached an agreement with government on the way forward to their request.

They met with the national security coordinator on Tuesday in a bid to resolve the impasse over salary levels.

According to the National President of POTAG, Francis Atintonu, the strike could be called off soon.

He said: “We took an entrenched position because of what was happening in the airwaves, threatening to stop our salaries, making our salaries public and so on and so forth, but the second party has come in and is very friendly with us, very open and transparent with us and we thinking that he’s giving us all the goodwill so POTAG members are thinking that if this trend continues, by the end of the week we’d have reached a consensus.”

Meanwhile, the Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) is calling on the Ghana government to address the concerns of their teachers to enable lectures to resume.**