PEATTU Suspends Strike Action

PEA school in Santa NWR

The Presbyterian Education Authority Teachers’ Trade Union (PEATTU) has called off the indefinite strike action it launched last July 6, following a public noticed issued June 30, 2020.

In a released on July 12, 2020 captioned “suspension of strike action” signed by the President of PEATTU Afu Stephens, it states “that we have listened to appeals from parents, students and pupils who are innocent and should not become victims of circumstances” in their educational pursuit. And that they are aware “their grievances are now being sufficiently handled at the level of stakeholders” . This follows the intervention of the various Ministry concerns, that is Basic and Secondary education and that of Labour and Social Security.

The release goes further to state the suspension of the strike is to “give the teachers an opportunity to assist the students and pupils in better preparing for their end of course examinations” But it ends with a reassurance that they will “resume” the strike if their demands are not met.

The release calling off the strike action

The PEA teachers had decided to start a sit-down strike as from July 6, 2020 in protest to what it discribed as ” injustice against teachers” when the PCC unilaterally decided to abrogate some of the provisions of the 2018 Protocol Agreement. It said then that all attempts, appeal and request to the employer to respect it’s protocol agreement engagement were futile. It accuses the PCC/PEA for being selective in applying it’s discriminatory practices.

The PCC/PEA had decided to slashed the salaries of teachers progressively, reneging on the terms of the agreement. It blamed it on the effects of Covid-19 on it’s resources. The PCC/PEA did not pay the first two installments of an agreed due, and had also suspended the payment of union dues of workers as reached in the protocol agreement.

Abongwa Fozo

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