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POTAG’s Mediation Talks In A Near Deadlock

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Mediation talks between the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission resumes today, Tuesday December 7, after both parties failed to reach a compromise last week.
Information available to Citi News indicates that both parties are unwilling to compromise their stance, a development that can affect current efforts being made to resolve the impasse between the two bodies.
The National Labour Commission’s mediator is hoping to succeed in resolving the difficulties confronting the mediation process by today in order to ensure that the teachers do not resume their strike.
POTAG returned to the classroom on November 15 2010, after a month strike in demand of better working conditions and salary adjustments. The decision to return to the classroom was taken after a Court had ruled in their favour in a suit filed against them by the National Labour Commission which had declared their strike action illegal.
However, after nearly two weeks since they suspended the strike, their demands have still not been met as a mediator appointed by the Labour Commission per a Court order, is yet to make progress.
Speaking to Citi News, the National Vice President of POTAG, Owusu Achiaw said the teachers are disappointed that progress was not made during last week’s talks. He was however hesitant in confirming whether or not POTAG members could resume their strike should the mediation fail again.

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