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13.05.2004 General News

Decision body takes a stand.

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Accra, May 13, GNA - The National Executive Council, the highest decision making body of the Teachers and Educational Workers' Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has resolved to advise itself as to what steps to take to ensure that its long outstanding grievances are addressed.

In a resolution issued in Accra on Thursday, the council warned, "If by the close of work on Monday, May 24, 2004 the grievances pending before management are not resolved, the Union will advise itself". The Resolution jointly signed by Mr Daniel Ayim Antwi, General Secretary and Madam Margaret Martey, Second National Vice-Chairperson, the Union said, the council was aware of the untold hardship that members of the union were passing through because of the delay in resolving the grievances. Some of the grievances are the review of conditions of service for the non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES), the payment of outstanding salary distortions and disparities, and the responsibility allowance.

It also included the other outstanding allowances and refund of medical expenses.

As to whether the Union would embark on Industrial Strike, Mr Antwi said, "it would depend upon how seriously or otherwise the issue would be handled.