POTAG refuses arbitration over book and research allowance impasse

jane-naanaThe Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, POTAG has vowed not to return to the classroom despite pleas by the Ministry of Education.

The strike has entered its third week prompting authorities at the Kumasi Polytechnic to temporarily close down the school.

They are unhappy with government over the scrapping of their book and research allowance for a new national research fund.

Even though the National Labor Commission has declared the strike illegal, the lecturers will not badge until government pays them their due.

President of POTAG James Druga said the lecturers had used their resources to buy books and done researches to teach and were awaiting their reimbursement from government.

He indicated they will not agree for any arbitration from the NLC because they felt no obligation to go for any negotiation to receive what has rightfully been paid to them for over ten years.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education Paul Krampah contends their demands cannot be met.

He indicated that the government “cannot have a research fund and then continue to pay book and research allowances.”
He implored POTAG to join negotiations ongoing over the same issue being discussed with their counterparts from the university teachers association (UTAG).

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