THERE is no denying the fact that industrial actions have consequences on productivity. And they even become bad when such strikes last for longer periods.
FROM the first day that members of the College of Education Teachers Association Ghana (CETAG) declared their strike due to the government’s reluctance to pay them their interim market premium and book and research allowance, we felt that CETAG had not exhausted all possible avenues towards resolving the matter.
THE strike, understandably, affected all the forty-six (46) public CoEs in the country. In the wake of that the government decided to freeze the November 2018 allowances and salaries of the lecturers, for laying down their tools for three weeks.
WE are told that this is a matter CETAG has been fighting government since the year 2012. Indeed it is regrettable that the issue had dragged on for almost six (6) years without a solution.
HOWEVER, it is refreshing that the National Labour Commission (NLC) after wading into the matter, directing members of CETAG to with immediate effect call off their strike and restore full service.
THAT was not all; the NLC further directed the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and CETAG to go back to the negotiation table within five working days beginning (Monday, December 10, 2018) and continue with negotiations on the interim market premium and book and research allowance.
THE three-member NLC panel that heard the parties giving their ruling said: Having heard the parties, the commission directs that the negotiation must be conducted with 14 working days upon commencement.
“THE parties must negotiate in good faith with a view to reaching an agreement,” stressed the NLC.
TODAY is particularly happy the aspect of the NLC’s ruling which states that the negotiation between the two parties must be in “good faith” with the ultimate aim of reaching an agreement.
IN the view of Today, a window of opportunity has presented itself for both the CETAG and FWSC to find a lasting solution to the impasse.