In response to a directive issued by the National Labour Commission (NLC) on August 30, 2023, the College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has taken decisive action, reaffirming its commitment to the rule of law and labor regulations.
The directive from the NLC, which called for the immediate cessation of CETAG’s ongoing withdrawal of teaching and related services, prompted the union’s leadership to convene critical meetings with its governing bodies.
Between Friday, September 1, and Monday, September 4, 2023, CETAG’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Council engaged in extensive discussions to determine the most appropriate course of action in response to the NLC’s directive.
Following these deliberations, CETAG’s leadership has officially communicated their decision to suspend the ongoing withdrawal of teaching and related services across all 46 public colleges of education with immediate effect.
This decision, made in accordance with the law and the NLC’s directive, will bring relief to students and educational institutions affected by the recent disruptions.
The union has brought to the NLC’s attention the fact that the Employer (the government) failed to meet the stipulated deadline of September 1, 2023, for the submission of the Staff Audit Report to appropriate stakeholders.
Also, CETAG has called upon the NLC to impress upon the government the importance of adhering to all outstanding Compulsory Arbitral Awards by the revised deadline of October 30, 2023.
This includes fulfilling commitments such as the payment of suspended salaries and allowances.
CETAG’s leadership has made it clear that, should the government fail to meet its obligations by the specified deadline, the union will have no choice but to explore other avenues to protect the rights and interests of its members.