Leadership of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) is calling on government to negotiate for a Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) for Public Sector Workers especially teachers to help alleviate the economic hardship facing them.
According to the Teacher Union, it is very necessary for the government to, as a matter of urgency, invite the leadership of Organized Labour, to sit and negotiate for a Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) for all public sector workers to ease the pain and suffering of the economic hardship teachers (workers) go through.
In a press statement, the National President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana, King Ali Awudu said, the current economic difficulties in the country, in which the prices of all commodities, ranging from fuel to foodstuffs are increasing astronomically.
He noted that, the only mitigation is to have a corresponding salary increase at least in the form of Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA). The Teacher Union also called on government to consider a 20% COLA for 2022 in addition to the 7% base pay increment.
King Ali Awudu explained that, though the Unions for the Public Sector Workers through the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiations Committee (PSJSNC) agreed on 4% and 7% base pay increment for 2021 and 2022 respectively, the economic situation in the country as of now has necessitated the call to take a second look at the Base Pay.
He added that, since March this year, the conditions of their members (workers) and their purchasing power keep declining as a result of the difficult economic conditions in the country. Prices of goods and services are soaring, thus making the 7% base pay increment for next year already moot, hence the need to negotiate Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) for teachers.