TEWU cautions CHASS to stop intimidating their members; full statement issued

The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has been warned by the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) not to intimidate its non-teaching members.

In a July 7 statement, TEWU accused some Senior High School Heads of intimidating its members by threatening to resume work.

“It is unfortunate to report that we have received information that some members of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) are intimidating our members, the non-teaching staff, particularly the kitchen staff, and forcing them to stay at work.” “To put it mildly, we find the actions of these CHASS members to be very unfortunate,” parts of the statement read.

This comes after the four teacher unions, namely the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of TUC (GH), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, declared a strike on Tuesday in response to their demand for a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

TEWU, therefore, wants “the Director-General of GES to call these Heads to order.

“We are by this medium, requesting the Director-General of GES to call these Heads to order and ask them to refrain from the threats and intimidations as we all seek the appropriate response from Government on our request.”

The Union reiterated its resolve to remain on strike until the government meets its demands.

It would be recalled that on July 4 the four teacher unions declared an indefinite strike over demands for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

“We can no longer bear the hardship. Even more so, we reject the inequality of salaries in the public services of this country. We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike, having gone past the June 30, 2022 deadline [that] we gave government for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance.

“Consequently, we have decided to embark on a strike action effective today, Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are withdrawing all our services in all the pre-tertiary education space – this includes teaching and non-teaching staff,” the teachers announced.

Below is the full statement

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