CETAG refuses compliance with FWSC directive, urges legal action


The College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has firmly declared its refusal to comply with the directive from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) ordering the termination of its ongoing strike.


Taking a resolute stance, CETAG has challenged the FWSC to pursue legal action if it seeks to enforce government compliance with its obligations.


On Friday, June 14, 2024, CETAG announced an indefinite cessation of work, citing the government’s delay in implementing the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) Arbitral Award Orders and agreed-upon service conditions.


In response, the FWSC demanded an immediate halt to the strike, criticizing CETAG’s actions as a breach of trust, particularly given the government’s efforts to address their grievances.


Benjamin Arthur, CEO of the FWSC, addressing the media in Accra, stated, “The government has shown a willingness to cooperate because we believe it is mutually beneficial, and it will benefit our nation to make concessions for our colleagues teaching at the colleges of Education. The government’s intentions are sincere.”


He urged CETAG to return to their teaching duties, emphasizing, “The strike is based on mistrust.”


In contrast, Prince Obeng-Himah, President of CETAG, speaking with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, defended the strike as a lawful measure to protect their constitutional rights.


“…It is a legal action we have taken to protect our economic rights, which are enshrined in the labor act under the 1992 constitution. We have not violated any laws. The law is on our side,” he affirmed.


Obeng-Himah called on supporters to stand behind their leadership, advocating for perseverance until the government complies with their demands.

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