The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has agreed to suspend its strike action meant to demand outstanding arrears relating to their professional development allowance.

A communique signed by National Chairman of the Union, Ambrose Kwadzodzah and Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobbey, sighted by JoyNews, disclosed that TEWU “shall suspend the strike by close of Wednesday, January 5.”

The decision was taken after an emergency meeting at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on Wednesday, according to the communique.

TEWU agrees to suspend strike action

The meeting involved TEWU, the Employment Ministry, Ghana Education Service (GES), Ministry of Finance and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).

During the meeting, the relevant stakeholders present agreed that “a joint Technical Committee set up in 2021 would meet to commence deliberations on issues, which include the Continuous Professional Development Allowance (CPDA).”

Again, it was agreed that the Committee will commence work on January 6 and shall also meet on January 10, to deliberate on the issues discussed.

Today’s emergency meeting comes after the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) began their intended strike action.

Prior to the strike action, Mr Ambrose Kwadzodzah told JoyFM that their demands have not been met since their grievances were laid before government in 2020.

As a result, he said members of the Union are unhappy.

“Our members are not happy. So they are starting the year with sadness. We can’t go to work when we are sad. Nobody can be working when he is sad. We all have to be joyful when working. If you are working and you are not happy, your productivity will be very low. And we don’t want that to happen,” he told Emefa Apawu on Tuesday.

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