Labour Commission sues GES over unpaid allowance

The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) are being sued by the National Labour Commission (NLC).

In response to the GES and MoE’s decision to disobey its directives to guarantee the payment of online allowances to University of Environment and Sustainable Development employees in Somanya, Eastern Region, who are members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Commission took this action.

Disgruntled instructors at the University of Environment and Sustainable Development quit their jobs at the beginning of the year. The capitation online teaching allowance has been overdue for more than a year, and the professors are requesting payment.

The NLC called a meeting with representatives from the Ministries of Education and Finance in addition to the lecturers who are members of UTAG.

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Following discussion, the Commission questioned the ministers of finance and education about their disregard for its 2023 decision to give the teachers’ allowance to the irate students.
According to Mr. Ofosu Asamoah, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, the purpose of the lawsuit is to force the government to pay the professors’ arrears.

“The respondents were here, and we asked have you complied with the directive? They said no, so we have taken them to court, the law states that we should go to court to seek enforcement that is what the Commission has done,” Mr Asamoah explained.

He added, “they have to go court to explain to the court why they have not complied with the directive and if their explanation is tenable the court will decide”.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved lecturers have resumed work.

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