Teacher Unions declare indefinite nationwide strike

Leaders of Pre-Teetiary Teacher Unions
Leaders of Pre-Teetiary Teacher Unions

The four (4) major Teacher Unions in Ghana; GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH have declared an indefinite nationwide strike action effective Monday, 4th July, 2022.

The Unions are informing the general public that, they are withdrawing all their services in all the pre-tertiary educational space for Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff.

According to the teacher Unions, the Government of Ghana is not honouring its promise of paying the 20% Condition of Living Allowance (COLA) to teachers and hence their decision to withdraw their Services.

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The press statement signed by the Thomas Tanko Musah – GNAT General Secretary, Eric Agbe-Carbonu – NAGRAT President, Mark Korankye – TEWU General Secretary and Awudu King Ali – CCT-GH President has directed all teachers to adhere strictly to the directive.

The Unions leaders explained that, all efforts and calls for the government to implement the 20% COLA for teachers in Ghana have fallen on deaf ears.

The Teacher Unions have also expressed their displeasure over this insensitivity of the government regarding their demand.

According to the Unions, the demand for COLA is influenced by the high level of inflation in the country: the incessant skyrocketing prices of fuel, goods and services, have eroded the already woefully so-called salary increase granted us as expressed in 4% and 7% for 2021 and 2022 respectively.

GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH again said, inflation in the country is currently 27.6% and continue to escalate ad infinitum: only God knows when this will abate.

“We are very much appalled at the inept attitude of the government relative to our call for COLA. We have severally on different platforms and times made this call which fell on deaf ears of government.”

“We wish to unambiguously express our grave concern of the excruciating pain of poverty that has been bestowed on the Ghanaian teacher and Education Workers and leaves us with an inauspicious state of affairs. The members of the Unions in education can no longer bear the hardship. Even more so, we reject the inequality of salaries in the public service of this country. ”

“We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike having gone passed the June 30, 2022 deadline we gave government for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Consequently, we have decided to embark on the Strike Action, effective today, Monday, 4th July, 2022.”

“By this, we are informing the general public that, we are withdrawing all our services in all the Pre-tertiary educational space. (Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff)”

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SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh

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