The National Labour Commission (NLC) has summoned the President of Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), Mr. Prince Obeng-Himah and the Government represented by the Ministers of Education, Finance, among others over agitations by CETAG.
The National Labour Commission (NLC) established under the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) is mandated to investigate labour-related complaints, especially unfair labour practices and take such steps as it considers necessary to prevent labour disputes. The Commission is also to facilitate the settlement of industrial disputes.
CETAG and the government are expected to meet the National Labour Commission on Monday, 11th November 2019 at 12 noon.
In a press statement released by CETAG on Wednesday, 6th November 2019, they expressed their dissatisfaction about the undue delay in paying Book and Research allowances for the 2018/2019 academic year to tutors in the 46 public Colleges of Education which action contravenes provisions of the agreement reached between Government and CETAG.
When the News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal contacted the National President of CETAG, Mr. Prince Obeng-Himah to speak on the summon by the National Labour Commission, he stated, “yes, it is true we have been invited to appear before the National Labour Commission on Monday. However, I cannot speak on the matter now because we have been advised by our lawyers not to make public pronouncements on the matter until we have met the National Labour Commission”.
Mr. Prince Obeng-Himah was however quick to add that they hoped for the best as they prepare to meet the National Labour Commission, noting that they are on the right side of the law.
CETAG in its press statement last week gave the government a 10-day ultimatum to pay their members the Book and Research allowance or face any action they may strongly opt for after the 10 days deadline.
Source: Colleges of Education Weekly Journal