The Education Ministry’s decision to withhold their salary for the month of August because they failed to call off their strike has prompted a response from the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG).
They say it’s bad that they had discussions about it with the National Labour Commission (NLC).
In a letter to the Controller and Accountant General, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), writing on behalf of Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutum, requests that the tutors on strike not be paid.
However, Tuesday’s Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM’s morning program, Dwaso Nsem, featured CETAG President Prince Obeng Himah who said the Education Minister had made a mistake.
He said that because their strike was lawful and they were doing a constitutional responsibility, the Education Minister could not deprive them of their August salaries.
“Our salaries can be frozen if the NLC declares our strike illegal but this has not happen so the Minister cannot give that directive,” he stated.
Even though they were unable to meet with the education minister as requested, Mr. Himah stated they are still willing to negotiate.
“We are still engaging with NLC and we will also engage the Minister to settle the issue amicably,” he added.