George Graham-Smith, CEO of the FWSC
The Western Regional branch of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), have called on the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to re-open negotiation to conclude agreement on the payment of critical support premium.
According to TEWU, the critical support premium is for teaching and learning of teachers and non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The Union has therefore given the FWSC up to November 16 to re-open the negotiation or members of the union will advise themselves.
It said the premium was being paid to all teachers and 11 out of 22 grades of non-teaching staff of the GES which is causing problems.
The Union said the grades that had been left out, contributed significantly to education delivery.
It also accused FWSC of paying the premium to all teachers in offices doing the work of non-teaching staff.
This has been described by the Union as discriminatory because the non-teaching staff provided the necessary support to make the work of teachers complete.
The Union further urged the FWSC to listen to demands of workers of the education sector for a review of the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) in order to resolve distortions relating placement and grades.
It asked the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to approve the operation of the second tier of the National Pension Scheme so that workers could enjoy their benefits when they retire.
The Union added that the government should lift the ban on the recruitment of non-teaching staff of the GES so that vacant positions could be filled.