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Polytechnic teachers are up in arms against the National Labour Commission and the Fair Wages Commission for describing their ongoing strike as illegal.

The teachers began the action Wednesday to protest what they say is unfair treatment in their migration onto the new pay policy, Single Spine Salary Structure.

Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) president, Francis Atintonu has told Joy News his members are outraged by the comments attributed to the two bodies, adding the Labour and Fair Wages commissions are taking polytechnic teachers for granted.

“The National Labour Commission, the boss was saying that we are on anillegal strike. We have served them some notice for the first seven days, and they ordered that the Fair Wages Commission should meet us within 14 days to resolve the issues which they have failed to do and that has angered members… For now the sentiments we are hearing and comments coming from stakeholders, NLC, Fair Wages they are not palatable and we don’t think that they are out to solve the problem immediately and I think members still will continue with the strike.”

Meanwhile, a group of students on the Koforidua Polytechnic campus has criticized the Fair Wages Commission for not giving due attention to issues raised by their teachers.

The group is particularly unhappy that government is not intervening in the situation as it often does with speed when university lecturers threaten strike.

According to Joy News correspondent Benjamin Henaku, the students in a petition to Vice President John Mahama recalled that it has been two years since POTAG embarked on a sit-down strike to press demands for improved working conditions but are yet to get any. But while that is pending, the students said others including the University Teachers Association (UTAG) have had their concerns addressed.

The lack of positive and prompt responds to POTAG issues as relative to the other groups, indicates the government looks down on polytechnic education and its stakeholders.

The group wants the government to address the impasse immediately to justify its social-policy orientation, and also correct the wrong impression that it has no interest in polytechnic education.

Source: Myjoyonline

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