CETAG and CENTSAG issued a Joint – Communiqué on Sunday 6th November 2022 giving the government five crucial working days to address their concerns.
Adding that failure of the government to attend to them within the stipulated time shall propel them to reactivate their suspended indefinite strikes
The National Councils of both CETAG and CENTSAG have therefore held separate emergency meetings on Friday 11th, and Saturday 12th November 2022 respectively and have affirmed the decision to reactivate their suspended indefinite industrial actions effective Monday, 14 November 2022.
Their decision to withdraw their services indefinitely is as a result of the following :
- Failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission ( FWSC ) to make available to CETAG and CENTSAG a draft Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA ) which captures what the parties mutually agreed on at the end of our negotiations for us to study before proceeding to sign off.
- Unilateral variation of the effective date of CETAG’s 2021 Conditions of Service ( CoS ) by FWSC from 1 January 2022 to 15 January 2023 contrary to the Rules of Engagement for the negotiations.
- Unilateral determination of April 2023 by the FWSC as the effective date for placing First Degree Holders of CENTSAG on 17H on the SSSS contrary to the Rules of Engagement for the negotiations.
- Undue delay of the Ministry of Education to approve the payment of compensation for the all-year-round work to a staff of the colleges of education.
- Unfair retrospective deduction of office holding allowances paid to some members of CENTSAG and CETAG by the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department ( CAGD ).
- Deliberate variation of Fuel, Vehicle Maintenance, and Off – Campus allowances of CETAG and CENTSAG members as compared to our counterparts in other analogous institutions in the face of the rising cost of fuel prices in the country.
The National Councils of CETAG and CENTSAG have urged their members, except the college’s security department, to comply with the decision to withdraw their services indefinitely until the government unconditionally addressed all their concerns regarding CoS, the effective date for placing First Degree Holders, retrospective deductions, variation of fuel, vehicle maintenance and off campus allowance as well as compensation for the all – year – round work.