Teacher Unions calls for suspension of human resource management software

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Sept. 11, GNA – The leadership of
Teacher Unions have called on the Public Services Commission to suspend the
implementation of the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS)
software for GES employees.

Mr David Ofori Acheampong, General Secretary
of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), said if by Friday,
September 20, the suspension was not done, they would organise and picket at
the premises of the Commission to drive their demand.

Mr Acheampong was addressing a joint press
conference organised by GNAT, Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana and the
Teachers and Education Workers Union in Accra.

He urged the Management of the Commission to
as a matter of urgency to drop the software used to processed information and
data of public sector workers in the country.

He said, “The system as designed in its
present form is not compatible with the scheme of service in the GES and,
therefore, we have challenges working with it.”

The HRMIS is to provide an accurate data on
employees that Government has engaged so that at any material time if there are
vacancies in any establishment in any establishment it could be verified for
the replacement to be done.

He said the designers of the software did
not take the peculiarities of the GES into consideration in the design before
GES was migrated into the system.

The General Secretary said the teacher
Unions has raised concerns of the software earlier in July this year, and the
Government had directed the Commission to suspend the project to enable GES to
input promotions and upgrading, as well as update employees’ records with
respect to transfers and change of management unit numbers on the payroll.

He said, however, the request has not been
carried through resulting in the undue delay in the processing and payment of
all types of arrears.

In a related development, Mrs Philippa
Larson, National President, GNAT, denounced concerns raised by some Regional
Chairman of the Association to embark on an industrial action.

Mrs Larson said the concerns raised by some
of the Regional Chairman purported to be from their members were already being
discussed by the Association and other key and relevant stakeholders.

She said concerns raised in the press
release by the Regional Chairman such as GES/SIC Group Life Insurance policy
deductions, non-payment of salary arrears, delay in salary adjustment,
interview and issuance of promotional letters, among others, were issues the
Association were already in talks with the GES and the Ministry of Education to
find lasting solutions.

GNA

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