The National Association for both Teaching and Non Teaching Staff of Colleges of Education (CETAG and CENSAG) have carried out their threats to the Government by declaring a nationwide indefinite strike action beginning tomorrow, Monday, 14th November, 2022.
It may be recalled that the aforementioned group made a joint call on the government earlier this month, on Sunday, 6th November, 2022 for some wages and allowances due them which haven’t been much of a concern to the Government.
In the same communique, the group threatened to lay down their tools if the necessary steps are not taken to address their issues in five working days.
Accordingly, and after several unsuccessful attempts to get the attention of the employers, the leadership of the Associations have entreated its members to stay away from work until the Government agrees to take up their issues.
Among their grievances are issues regarding Conditions of Service, effective date for placing first degree holders, retrospective deductions, variation of fuel, vehicle maintenance and off campus allowances, among others.
This indefinite strike action however excludes security department of Colleges.
The decision to withdraw their
services indefinitely is as a result of the following:
1. Failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to make available to CETAG and CENTSAG draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which clearly captures what the parties mutually
agreed on at the end of our negotiations for us to study before proceeding to sign off.
2. Unilateral variation of the effective date of CETAG’s 2021 Conditions of Service (CoS) by FWSC from 1st January, 2022 to 1st January, 2023 contrary to the Rules of Engagement for the negotiations.
3. Unilateral determination of April 2023 by the FWSC as effective date for placing First Degree Holders of CENTSAG on 17H on the SSSS contrary to the Rules of Engagement for the negotiations.
4. Undue delay of the Ministry of Education to give approval for the payment of compensation for the all-year-round work to staff of the colleges of education.
5. Unfair retrospective deduction of office holding allowances paid to some members of CENTSAG and CETAG by the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD).
6. Deliberate variation of Fuel, Vehicle Maintenance and Off-Campus allowances of CETAG and CENTSAG members as compared to our counterparts in other analogous institutions in the face of rising cost of fuel prices in the country