Thursday, June 23, 2011


The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) in the Northern Region, has ended its 2011 quadrennial women’s delegates conference, with a call on it’s members to improve on their professional skills and engage in other income generating activities to augment their salaries.

The need for women to be economically empowered and independent cannot be over-emphasized, said Sister Johanna Hammond, National President of TEWU Women’s Committee.

Addressing delegates at the 2-day conference held in Tamale, she explained that TEWU members could fight poverty by improving on their professional skills and engaging in other income generating activities to augment their salaries to supplement their family budget.

According to her, the long search for a lasting solution to the issue of poor remuneration for workers in the country resulted in the introduction of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

Sister Hammond observed that, in the Ghana Education Service (GES) the implementation of the new salary structure brought about reduction of salaries of some teachers and non-teaching personnel, non-payment of salaries as well as the wrongful placement of others.

However, after the payment of salaries in February, 2011, she said the authorities have acknowledged that there were errors which led to the unfortunate situation that needed to be rectified very quickly.

The National President of the TEWU Women’s Committee assured members that the Union in collaboration with other stakeholders was working constructively to resolve the salary problem.

She also indicated that, the Union was in touch with the authorities to decide on the implementation of the SSSS for members in the public universities, polytechnics and other subvented institutions and on the way forward in reviewing their expired Conditions of Service.

The National Chairman of TEWU, Brother Peter Lumor on the other hand, observed that so much emphasis was placed on the classroom teacher to the neglect of non-teaching staff.

He stressed that, TEWU members are a unique group of people and very critical component of the educational delivery system that could not be taken for granted or treated as a by-product saying “that explains the extension of the teachers’ retention premium to TEWU members.”

Brother Lumor thus, charged members to get themselves abreast of the opportunities that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provide in order to meet current challenges.

The conference which was the eighth in the series of Regional Conferences of TEWU Women’s Committee saw the election of new regional executives ahead of the tenth National conference of TEWU scheduled for August 2011 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.

Delegates also took stock of activities in the region during the past four years and in particular, deliberated on issues such as constitutional amendments, adoption of resolutions and among others.

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