Return to class immediately & restore full services – NLC orders CETAG

Education

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has given its ruling on the compulsory arbitration between the Colleges of Education Teachers Association (CETAG) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).

The former was asked at a meeting on Thursday, November 29 to enter a compulsory arbitration with the nation’s salaries-determining body.

The arbitration came off on Monday, December 3 and a report sent to NLC.

Consequently, the NLC ruled that CETAG immediately calls off members’ on-going strike and restores full services.

The two parties – CETAG and FWSC – have also been directed to return to the negotiation table within five working days.

A tentative Monday, December 10 has been proposed for this.

The negotiation is expected to conclude on the Interim Market Premium and the Books and Research Allowance.

Again, NLC stated “that the negotiation must be concluded within 14 working days upon commencement”.

They have therefore been given not later than Friday, January 4, 2019 to report the outcome of the negotiation to NLC.

CETAG declared what it claims is a freeze on services on Monday, October 29.

Government was not happy with the move, and consequently put a freeze on November salaries.

This exacerbated the agitation among the teachers, who said they will not engage government until the salaries are paid.

On Friday, November 30, the National Council for tertiary Education asked students in all 46 colleges of education to go home “until further notice”.

Source: 3 News

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