The College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has completed its negotiations with the government regarding its demands for market premium and research allowance.
Consequently, CETAG, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and National Council for Tertiary Education are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Although the details of the negotiations are yet to be made known, its conclusion brings to an end a prolonged dispute between CETAG and the government which led to a shutdown of the Colleges.
Prince Obeng-Himah, President for CETAG told ADR Daily today that their grievance as a group has almost been resolved.
“In fact the issues are almost resolved, it’s about negotiations because we were asking that we deserve market premium because by the passage of the Act, we have had a status enhancement that has come with it different job description and all of that, upgrading and the fact that now you even need to publish before you earn promotion.
“So if you are not giving me book and research allowances, then you are telling me not to go on promotion throughout my working life and that’s against the fundamental human right and unionized laws,” he added.
Mr. Obeng Himah further disclosed that during the negotiations with the government, both side agreed on what has to be paid to the teachers as market premium, and book and research allowance.
“So after lengthy discussion we put our proposal on the table and what have you, we have come to an agreement with what has to be paid to the teacher as market premium, as book and research allowance. We are meeting again, we concluded the negotiations properly on the 29th but we are looking forward to meeting on Friday so that we will sign a MoU and to agree on a roadmap for pay schedule,” he stated.
After embarking on strike for months, CETAG on January 11, 2019 resumed negotiation with the FWSC and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) following a directive from the National Labour Commission on December 3, 2018 ordering the parties to return to the negotiation table.
By Benjamin Nana Appiah/ adrdaily.com