GIS-SIC violating Labour Act-TEWU | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

GNA Reporter

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA
– The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of Trade Union Congress has
said the decision by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to impose the State
Insurance Company (SIC) policy on its staff violated the country’s Labour Act.

Section 70(1)(a) of
the Labour Act 2003 (ACT 651) states that “an employer may with the consent of
the worker,  make any of the following
deductions from the remuneration of the work; any amount due from the worker in
respect of contributions to any provident, pension or other funds or scheme
agreed to by the worker”.

The Union said
contrary to the provision above, the management of GES in collaboration with
the SIC has unilaterally imposed the policy on its members.

The Union has
resolved that such deductions should cease with immediate effect and that
refunds should be made to the affected staff without further delay.

This was in a
statement signed by Mr Mark Dankyira Korankye, the Acting General Secretary of
TEWU and copied to the Ghana News Agency at a resolution adopted by the
National Executive Council meeting of the Union in Accra.

The resolution was
presented to the GES secretariat in Accra.

The Council meeting
resolved that the critical support premium should be extended to all the eight
non-teaching staff of GES which are the administrative staff, the secretarial
staff, the supply and material staff, the technical estate staff, the technical
general staff, the technical transport staff, the semi-skilled staff and the
security staff.

On promotion, the
Council meeting resolved that the GES should immediately engage the leadership
of TEWU to initiate pragmatic measures to curb all the issues raised in
relation to promotions including promotion without letters, promotions without
upgrading and delayed promotions.

“We resolved
that GES management should engage the leadership of the Union to review the
intervention fund.The Intervention Fund was an incentive package which was
introduced by the government as a result of the free Senior High School policy
and consequent increase in work load of staff”,he added.

He said the GES in
disbursing the fund, allocated 80 percent to the teaching staff and 20 per cent
to the non-teaching staff without any scientific basis.

On recruitment, the
Union agreed and urged the management of the GES to recruit more non-teaching
staff before the commencement of the 2019/2020 new academic year.

The statement said
this was important because of the introduction of the Double Track system of
the Free Senior High School Policy has tremendously increased the workload of
some categories of the non-teaching staff. 

Touching on annual
leave, the Council meeting urged management of the GES to strictly adhere to
the provisions of the Conditions of Service of the non-teaching class.

Mr Korankye said in
recent times, some management of the GES were imposing the Public Service
Commission’s new leave policy on its members disregarding the negotiated
provision in their Conditions of Service. 

On teachers
performing the duties of non-teaching staff, the Council meeting resolved that
GES should immediately move all teachers performing non-teaching duties to the
vacant classrooms where their services are urgently needed.

“We urged the
government through the Ministry of Education, the GES Council and other
stakeholders in the education sector to prevail on the management of GES to
take proactive steps to handle our concerns without any further delay in order
not to disrupt the new academic calendar.

We hereby resolve on
behalf of the entire membership that, if the above issues are not resolved by
September 4, 2019, we will be compelled to advice ourselves appropriately
within the confines of the law”.