Following a meeting held between the Government Team and CETAG on 4th January 2023 over the outstanding issues of CETAG, the National Council of CETAG met to evaluate what transpired and concluded that the strike action which was suspended on 17 December 2022 shall resume on Friday, January 6, 2023, if the two days grace period expires without a resolution of the outstanding issues.
The reasons for the resumption of the suspended strike action are as follows:
All the outstanding issues contained in the communiqué signed on 16th December 2022 which the Hon. Minister promised to resolve it within two weeks after the suspension of the strike by CETAG remains unresolved to date.
The FWSC never took any steps to seek a financial mandate from the Finance Ministry for the three outstanding generic allowances as promised at the meeting held on 21st December 2022 at the Ministry of Education premises which was chaired by the Director, Tertiary at the Ministry.
The effective date of January 2023 which the government team wants to unilaterally impose on CETAG instead of the mutually agreed effective date of January 2022 is unacceptable. Council unanimously rejects it and demands the original and mutually agreed effective date of January 2022 for CETAG’s 2021 Conditions of Service which the parties settled on at the beginning of the negotiations in August 2021.
CETAG can no longer trust the assurances given by the stakeholders to seek a further financial mandate for the three outstanding generic allowances since all previous assurances were never fulfilled.
GTEC has failed to disclose to CETAG the amount it has proposed to be paid as all-year-round work compensation as well as the time the payment shall be made.
Conclusively, Council wishes to inform CETAG members across the 46 public colleges of education that the resumption of the suspended strike action is imminent as the stakeholders have not attached the needed seriousness to CETAG’s CoS concerns for over two years now.