General News of Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Pay August salary or we’ll strike again – POTAG

Barely a week after calling off their three-month old strike, polytechnic teachers are threatening another strike if their August salary is not paid.

POTAG embarked on a strike in May to protest the non-payment of their book and research allowance.

The decision led to the closure of all polytechnics in the country.

Government also decided to freeze the salaries of the teachers after the Ministry of Education issued a directive to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, ordering them not to pay the August salaries of the striking teachers.

POTAG however called off its strike after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the association and government.

Some members of POTAG at a press conference in Cape Coast in the Central Region announced plans to strike again because of the delay in payment.

Speaking to Citi News, the Chairman of the Cape Coast POTAG chapter, Mr. Isaac Aggrey-Fynn said, “the Association is made up of teaching and non-teaching staff, only the salaries of the non-teaching staff had been paid."

“We have the teaching staff and non-teaching staff. The non-teaching staff are able to access their August salary, but surprisingly the teaching staff are unable to access their salaries and this is troubling,” he said.

He said POTAG members have resolved to advise themselves if their salaries do not reflect in their bank accounts.

According to Citi News’ Central regional correspondent, Kwamena Bamfo Adjei, the polytechnic teachers held their emergency meeting and called on the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Employment and the Controller to release their August salary.

“Their members are indeed piling up pressure on the campuses to express their displeasure about the situation. They resolved that they are calling on government to, as a matter of urgency, revert the situation,” he explained.