MR. Abdulai Bukari Babia, the Chairman of the local chapter of Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana, CETAG said there had not been any meaningful negotiations between their body and authorities over the concerns which have compelled them to embark on the strike for about a month now. At the back of this, Mr. Bukari said the strike continuous until their concerns are addressed. “ we’re still on strike“ He told RadfordFM on Friday evening.
Revealing what has been transpiring during the weeks strike, Mr. Abdulai Abukari said the leadership of CETAG, yesterday, November 29, 2018 met with the National Labour Commission where the leadership was asked to hold a meeting with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission today, November 30, 2018 to settle on a mutual agreement. “ Yesterday our leadership held a meeting with National Labour Commission and other stakeholders…..what came out of the meeting was that we have been asked to go and meet the national Labour Commission for us to come to understanding as what is suppose to be”, “ so I think we’re to meet fair wages and salaries commission today; hopefully the meeting should be going on so that at that meeting the way forward will be decided” he has said. He also added that should the meeting yield no positive result, CETAG will head back, together with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to the National Labour Commission for an arbitration next week
Also responding to the pronouncement that the strike was illegal, Mr. Abdulai said the only mandated body or institution to pronounce a strike illegal is the National Labour Commission, and not Ministry of Education or any other individual or body. “ and the issue of our strike been illegal, I think the Ministry of Education got it wrong because they can’t be judges of their own court, we don’t do that because in Ghana the institution that is mandated by the constitution to declare a strike illegal is the National Labour Commission. It doesn’t lie with Fair Wages, Ministry of Education”. He also said the Ministry of Education has been acting and speaking out of their tenets because the concerns never indicated that they should be treated like Lecturers of Universities, but give them what is simply due them.
The CETAG Local Chapter Chairman further revealed that they have not withdrawn their services completely. He said they still do research, consultation and other activities.” the strike we’re talking about is about going to the class to teach….we still do other things because we have listed things that we will not do. For example, we still do research, consultation and other activities”
Mr. Bukari also confirmed the denial of their November salary which he says doesn’t perturbed because they are determined to fight for what is due them and not be shaken by threats.
When Mr. Abdulai Bukari was asked about whether there are any plans to cover up the almost lost semester for students to catch-up should today’s meeting with Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has something positive for them, he said the denial of the November salary is the price they have paid, and so there is no intention to cover the lost periods even should everything fall into place now, he revealed to RadfordFm Dimah Araphat during an interview……(VOICE)
SRC President of TUTCO, Nashiru Mumuni and some other students also shared their concerns and frustrations during RadfordFM visit tothe college today….. (VOICE)