13.07.2006 Education

Gov't To Meet POTAG On CBA

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Government has scheduled a meeting between it and the leadership of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) for Thursday July 13, 2006, to resolve the issue over which it is on strike.

The meeting is expected to conclude by building consensus on the drawing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

POTAG went on strike some two months ago stating its conviction about government's lack of commitment to initiating a process on drawing a new CBA.

The Tertiary and Education Workers Union (TEWU) have also been on strike over issues of their working conditions and the lack of recognition as workers of Tertiary Institutions.

TEWU is the body of non teaching staff of Tertairy institutions in the country.TEWU however says government is yet to extend an invitation to it for negotiations.

The General Secretary of TEWU who made this known in an interview on the CITI BREAKFAST SHOW intimated that TEWU will remain on strike until a concrete approach is made by government to resolve issues regarding their working conditions.

Meanwhile, Polytechnic Students in their final year are in a limbo as a result of the strike action by their teachers.

However, they are advocating for the century-old subject of placement on the same grade as University Students.

The finalists should be completing their last semester to round up their academic work by the end of July, but the striking lecturers have thrown that schedule out of gear.

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