The Teacher Unions meeting with government over the indefinite strike action declared by teachers has ended inconclusive.
Information picked by Coverghana.com.gh confirmed that, the Teacher Unions leaders had a meeting with government represented by representative from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Employment and Labour Commission, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, Fair Wages and Salary Commission.
In a statement issued by Thomas Tanko Musah, General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) to its members explained that, no substantive agreement has been reached in the closed door meeting held Wednesday, 6th July, 2022.
The Association said, this is to inform all it members (teachers) that, the meeting with the Government side over Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for teachers ended INCONCLUSIVE.
According to the leadership of the Unions, a new meeting date would be scheduled. This means nothing has changed and the industrial action still stands.
The four major Teacher Unions GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH have, in a joint press conference held on Monday, 4 July 2022, announced the declaration of strike with immediate effect.
According to the Unions, the declaration of the strike came as a result of the inability of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to pay 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to teachers.
Barely 24 hours after the announcement of the strike, the National Labour Commission had called on the Minister of Education, Ministry of Employment and Labour Commission, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, Fair Wages and Salary Commission to engage the aggrieved Teacher Unions immediately to negotiate settlement of their grievance (s) within seven (7) days and furnish the Commission with a report upon completion.
The National Labour Commission has also urged Teacher Unions to call off the indefinite strike to pave way for a round table discussion.
Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission has reiterated that, the declaration of the strike according to the statement is due to what they describe as government’s failure to grant them a 20% Cost of Living Allowance in the face of the current high level of inflation, increases in prices of goods and services, etc.
The Teacher Unions have disagreed with the directive to call off the strike until a finality is reached on the matter.