The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has officially called off their recent strike action, marking a significant development in the ongoing negotiations between the association and the government.
This decision to terminate the strike was the result of a voting process conducted under the supervision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of CETAG on September 4, 2024.
The strike, which commenced on August 1, 2023, was initiated by CETAG members in a bid to press the government to fulfill their negotiated conditions of service.
Following the democratic voting process, a majority of CETAG members have opted to discontinue the strike, thereby suspending the industrial action as of Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
CETAG has clarified that it retains the right to reassess its stance if, by October 31, 2023, the Employer/Ministry of Education fails to implement all the Arbitral Awards issued.
In light of this resolution, CETAG has communicated that all its members are expected to return to work no later than Thursday, September 7, 2023, in a gesture of good faith towards the ongoing negotiations.
It is pertinent to note that during the strike period, the Ministry of Education had directed the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to withhold the August 2023 salaries of CETAG members as part of the consequences of their industrial action.
With the strike now called off, hopes are high that both CETAG and the government will continue their engagement in a constructive manner, seeking common ground and mutually agreeable solutions to address the concerns raised by CETAG members regarding their conditions of service.