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TEWU Declares Nationwide Strike over Unpaid Allowances

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The Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) has announced its decision to withdraw its services across the country beginning Saturday, April 15, 2023. The union’s action comes as a result of their unpaid professional and skills development allowance. The Deputy General Secretary, Charles Kofi Osei, disclosed this during an interview on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem.

Mr Osei stated that the decision to embark on the strike was a necessary evil as all efforts to address their grievances have been futile. He further noted that despite submitting letters to relevant stakeholders, they are yet to receive any feedback. The non-teaching staff union, which includes bursars, cooks, cleaners, administrators, accountants, and auditors, among others, are owed arrears since 2021.

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According to Mr Osei, the allowance was introduced in November 2020, and teachers were paid theirs, but TEWU members were exempted, although processes leading to payment have been concluded. He stressed that the strike is not politically motivated but a move to ensure that members are paid what is due them.

Mr Osei also mentioned that the union would rescind its decision if their demands are met by April 15. However, if the government fails to respond to their demands, the union’s strike action may significantly affect operations in the country’s education sector.

In conclusion, TEWU has urged the government to pay the outstanding allowances of their members to prevent any further disruptions in the education sector.

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