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Article 24(1) of the 1992 republican constitution of Ghana states that, ‘Every person has the right to work under a satisfactory, safe and healthy conditions, and shall receive equal work without distinction of any kind’. This has been the basis for Colleges of Education Teachers Association Of Ghana (CETAG) to demand for their allowances which have been denied them since 2012.
Speaking to the local secretary of CETAG, Mr. Lifeson Benjamin, he recounted to Cedi News that they are demanding for their legitimate allowances and he made us understand that indeed their demands are legal and it’s enshrined in the constitution as stated above.
This has led to CETAG going on indefinite strike as a result of their demand for Market Premium and Book and Research allowance. He explained that, Market Premium is a tool to attract and retain critical skills in short supply within the economy as determined by the employer which is the government. The rational behind this is to enhance productivity. Book and research allowance is to help lectures to facilitate teaching, research and publication. He again added that if the government is not reaching an agreement with them to equally pay them as compared to their colleague teachers in the university then their strike will still be in action.
Speaking to some students of Presbyterian University College of Education especially the newly admitted students they told Cedi News that the ongoing strike will affect them academically because there’s no orientation ongoing and as a result this has left them stranded. They pleadingly urge the government to as quickly as possible hear to their woes of their lecturers so as to enable them to start lectures as quickly as possible.
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