The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, POTAG says it is unperturbed by calls for their salaries to be suspended.
Polytechnic teachers across the country have been on strike for over 100 days, demanding the payment of their book and research allowances from government.
But the Head of the Human Security Department of the National Security Secretariat, Brig. General Nunoo-Mensah, has asked government to suspend the payment of salaries of the Polytechnic Teachers who have been on strike since May, 2014.
Brig. Nunoo-Mensah questioned the rationale behind governmentâ€™s continuous payment of the salaries of POTAG members.
According to him â€œWhy should anybody who is not working be paid, either government employee or your private employee. You cannot sit in a labour room somewhere and then mess the government about.â€
But speaking toÂ Citi News, President of POTAG, James Dugrah, stated that the group is unfazed by calls on government to suspend payment of salaries of the teachers.
â€œWhether the strike is legal or illegal that is where the law stopsâ€¦.
â€˜â€™â€¦because they think they are in power they can just unilaterally do things; is okay [if they want to hold-up] our salaries,â€™â€™ he said.
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) has called on the Â Polytechnic Teachersâ€™ Association of Ghana (POTAG) to call off their four-month old strike.
According to GNUPS, their support for POTAGâ€™s strike was based on the belief that their demands were legitimate.
However, Â GNUPSÂ stated that the governmentâ€™s recent show of commitment towards finding a solution to POTAGâ€™s four-month-old strike should be reciprocated.
Government has said it will scrap the book and research allowanceÂ and replace itÂ with the national research fund, which would require teachers to apply for funding to undertake their research.
By: Evans Effah/citifmonline.com/Ghana