Gov’t agrees to pay all arrears of CETAG members by end of Jan.
The government has hinted of plans to pay arrears owed members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) by the end of January 2022.
The agreement was reached at a crucial meeting between CETAG and the government.
CETAG is curse toy on strike demanding better conditions of service.
The President of CETAG, Prince Obeng-Heman had disclosed that the Controller and Accountant General’s Department has expressed optimism that it can process their payments for payment this month.
Despite the assurance, CETAG was yet to call off the strike.
According to the President, they will call off the strike until a decision is taken by CETAG’s council.
“Government came out with a promise that even though they couldn’t pay in December, they were ready [to make payments]. Controller and Accountant General’s Department said they were in the capacity to make the necessary input to get [us] validated for the January salary. The determination to either go on with the strike or suspend depends on what council will make of the meeting with the government when we brief them within 48 hours,” he added.
CETAG had slammed the government for its failure to implement agreed conditions of service as reasons for their intended strike.
A statement earlier issued by them said “The National Council unanimously agreed to embark on an indefinite strike across all forty-six (46) Ghanaian public Colleges of Education effective Thursday, January 6, 2022.
The indefinite industrial action is grounded on the following “CETAG and Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 24, 2021, after reaching agreements on 2017-2020 Conditions of Service (CoS) for members of the Association.”
“The said MoU states the effective date of implementation as January 1, 2021, while payment of associated arrears of nine months was to be paid in October, November, and December 2021,” they added.
“By this release, therefore, the Association’s National Council has resolved to follow through with its decision to withdraw TEACHING, one of its main duties, as stipulated in the Harmonised Conditions for Colleges of Education.”