26.07.2006 Education

New Pay Approved For TEWU, POTAG

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has announced an upward adjustment of salaries for all members of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU).

A statement signed by the acting Chief Director of the Ministry, Nana Juaben-Boateng Siriboe, said all the unions have been given mandates to negotiate their collective bargaining agreements.

The National Council for Tertiary Education has been asked to meet all finance officers of polytechnics to validate the data submitted by the various polytechnics, while negotiations for the collective bargaining agreements continue.

Members of POTAG began a strike on May 17 to demand better conditions of service but called it off after a week. When it became apparent that the negotiations were not making any headway, POTAG resumed the strike on June 12.

Ben Kojo Otoo, National President of POTAG, told the Times last week that the association would co-operate with Standing Joint Negotiating Team which was mandated by government to resume negotiations with it.

Last Wednesday, the National Labour Commission directed POTAG and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports to re-start mediations.

On the issue of allowances for members of the forum, comprising the Civil Servants Association, Ghana National Association of Teachers and the Judicial Service Association of Ghana, the statement noted that negotiations have just been completed for their allowances which are classified as reimbursable.

It added that authorization for implementation was expected to have been given yesterday.

The statement also said that work on mandates for collective bargaining agreements for the 19 organisations under the Public Services Workers Union is still going on.

This is being done in collaboration with the union, and mandates will be given for negotiations to begin by Friday.

On the issue of salary increases for 2006, it said, mandates were given to the agencies in June this year and are still being discussed, the statement said.

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