The Eastern Regional Chapter of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-Ghana) has kicked against the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the State Insurance Company (SIC)’s group insurance policy which started in June 2018.
The group insurance policy which was introduced to deduct the sum of GH¢10 from teachers’ salary every month commenced in June last year.
The Eastern Regional Chairman of the CCT-Ghana, Mr Samuel Antwi registered their disapproval at a press conference last Tuesday, announcing that the union would embark on an industrial action by May 10, if their issues were not addressed positively.
He noted that the insurance policy violated the Labour Act 651(Act 2003) clause 69 which stated categorically that no employer had the right to deduct any form of levy tax or whatsoever from a worker’s salary without his or her consent.
Mr Antwi further noted that the deduction was also against the Controller and Accountant General’s policy which stated that before any amount was deducted from any employee’s salary, the person’s mandate must be sought, adding that inflation adjustment might affect the premium every year and the GH¢10 deduction would be increased yearly and affect the meagre salary of teachers.
According to him, the staff must be sensitised on the policy for those interested to join the policy.
“If the government and the GES really have an intention to insure teachers, they can go ahead to do without deducting any amount from our salary,” he said.
BY ALBERTA SARPONG, KOFORIDUA