The Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) has announced that it would begin a strike on Monday, April 11, 2022, and will continue until further notice.
As stated by the group, various meetings with their employers and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) since January 2022 have failed to provide the expected outcomes in terms of improving their working conditions and reimbursement of back wages.
In an interview with Citi News, the National Secretary of CENTSAG, Samuel Opoku, said that only security personnel will be permitted to take up their positions from Monday
“We are embarking on an indefinite strike effective Monday, April 2022. Our members comprising administrative staff, kitchen staff, and estate staff will all be on strike. We do a lot in support of the teaching service. At the moment, it is only the security that will be exempted from the strike because we have to protect lives and property even while we are on strike,” he said.
According to a previous statement issued by the association, the strike was triggered by a number of issues, including incorrect placement of First Degree Holders, non-payment of migration arrears, exclusion of payment of Generic Allowances, partial payment of Office Holding Allowances, and non-payment of Interim Market Premium arrears among others.
“It will be recalled that a notice to embark on strike was served in January 2022, but could not be carried through due to the intervention of the National Labour Commission (NLC). It is unfortunate that since January 2022, no commitment has been demonstrated to find a solution to the issues raised except for the partial payment of office holding allowances. The date given by the NLC for the government team to address the concerns raised had elapsed, but no tangible solution had been professed,” the association noted.
Read the full statement below: