The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) will begin a statewide strike today in protest of the government’s failure to pay all outstanding arrears on professional development allowances.
The government, according to the union, has neglected to pay professional development allowances owing to them since 2020.
Speaking to the media, the union’s General Secretary, Mark Dankyira Korankye, said the government must take proper steps to address their concerns as soon as possible.
“Government must with immediate effect stop the naked discrimination against TEWU and pay members their continuous professional development allowance.”
Mr. Mark Dankyira Korankye further stated that, “All our members, both in the schools, district, and regional offices are going to withdraw our services until an amicable settlement of this matter is reached”.
“It was resolved, among others that if by the close of the year 2021, the professional development allowances had not been paid to the non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service, then as schools reopen for the last phase of the second semester, our members would withdraw their services to push home our demand of the payment of this professional development allowances,” he insisted.2
The TEWU, which represents secretaries, artisans, cashiers, bursars, cleaners, administrators, accountants, and other professionals who work in tertiary institutions across the country, is calling for a reassessment of members’ working conditions.