TEWU launches nationwide strike over non-payment of compensation

General information for Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Source: GNA

Strike action to begin today, January 5, 2022

Non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) withdrew their services from all schools due to non-payment of their continuing professional development (CPD) allowances for two years.

The Union is informing the government and its agencies, parents and the public that non-teaching staff will not be in post as of today, January 5, 2022, as high schools reopen for academic activities.

Non-teaching staff on strike include, but are not limited to, housekeepers, matrons, cooks, pantries, day laborers, cleaners, administrators, accountants, librarians, logistics and staff. procurement and internal auditors.

Mr. Mark Dankyira Korankye, General Secretary of TEWU announced the indefinite strike on Tuesday in Accra during a press briefing in Accra.

Mr Korankye said that non-teaching members of the Union have been excluded from paying the CVT allowance, while their teaching counterparts have received two installments of the allowance since the package was announced by the government in 2020.

He said that the Minister of Education announced in 2020 the approval of the CPD allocation to teaching and non-teaching staff of GES,
1,200.00 GH for professional teachers, 800.00 GH for non-professional teachers and 600.00 GH ¢ for non-teaching staff.

Mr. Korankye said that since the announcement of the compensation payment, both professional and non-professional teachers have been paid, leaving non-teaching staff completely on the sidelines.

“TEWU management has followed up to ensure that non-teaching staff receive their allowances, but all of our efforts have yielded no results,” he said.

He added that to make matters worse, in March last year, President Akufo-Addo in the State of the Nation address presented to Parliament, announced the payment of the CVT allowance to teachers and non-teacher from Ghana Education Service.

This announcement by the President, said the Secretary-General, caused much commotion among its members with various accusations, stressing that members were not ready for further explanation.

“TEWU leaders do not need to remind our education authorities that non-teaching and teaching staff play complementary roles in creating an environment that will promote quality teaching and learning,” he said. declared.

He said that an official complaint had been lodged with the National Labor Commission in the hope that GES management and other stakeholders would play their part to resolve the issue of payment of CPD allowance for the non-teaching staff, in order to avoid any action. this will disrupt industrial harmony in educational institutions, especially in our graduate institutions, but nothing has come of it.

“At the last meeting of the National Executive Board held in December 2021, it was decided, among other things, that if by the end of 2021, the CPD allowance was not paid to non-teaching staff from Ghana Education Service, then as schools. reopened for the last phase of the second semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, our members will withdraw our services to postpone our request for payment of this CPD allowance. “

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