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Teachers to strike over conditions of service

There is an impending strike in the education sector even as government struggles to deal with labor agitations in the health sector.

The Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), has served notice it of a nationwide strike, if service conditions issues are not resolved by government anytime soon.

The teachers have accused government of deliberately delaying negotiations on their conditions of service which expired some five years ago.

Chairman of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the Union, Charles Arthur told Accra-based Joy FM, they have been forced to issue the threat because their demands have been long overdue.

He said not all the proposal put forward by the Union on service conditions are monetary, but government is just reluctant to strike a deal.

“It used to be that we had conditions of service with our employers [Vice Chancellors at universities and Rectors at Polytechnics] but when Fair Wages came into existence it has taken all of them”, he said.

According to him, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, mandated to implement public service pay policy and monitor allowances and benefits of public servants among others has failed teachers and education workers.

“Immediately after this congress we will issue an ultimatum and then we move on. So if the deadline comes and nothing has been done then automatically [we will strike]”, he said.

TEWU, which has a membership of over 1,000, had warned in July that if by August, government has not finalized all negotiations, they would take a strong stance.

Mr. Peter Lumor, National Chairman of TEWU, gave the warning, while addressing the opening session of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Delegates conference in Sunyani.

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