TEACHERS THREATENING STRIKE OVER UNPAID ALLOWANCE

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Three teacher unions have threatened to lay
down their tools by the end of February if all
outstanding monies owed them are not paid.
The Unions are National Association of
Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National
Association of Teachers, (GNAT), and the
Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) .They said all
attempts made to get the Government to implement a
June 2015 agreement of the payment of the
outstanding salary arrears have failed.
The unions are demanding the payment of the
arrears of the 2013 and 2014 batches of newly
recruited teachers, teachers on promotion and
others who were reinstated or re-engaged, and
also outstanding transfer grants and allowances
for deserving teachers.
The Vice President of the NAGRAT, Angel
Carbonu, told this paper that, they signed an
agreement with government in November 2015
to have their arrears fast-tracked but
government has violated the agreement.
“Those arrears have not been paid, they
haven’t given us any information because the
kind of roadmap that we drew last year
November, was such that as and when teachers
fill forms which are vetted by the audit
service, those that have passed through the
vetting process will be forwarded to the
Controller and Accountant General for the
payment of their monies. So we thought that
was going to be followed. Unfortunately, that
has not been followed through.”
He said they have petitioned the National
Labour Commission and will hold subsequent
media briefing on the matter.
“We are expecting that by the end of this
month, everybody would have been paid, and I
can assure that we will advise ourselves as a
labour union if that is not adhered to,” Angel
Carbonu added.
On his part, the President of the Coalition of
Concerned Teachers, Ernest Owusu, indicated
that government has showed bad faith.
“Our people are crying, they are still teaching,
some of them have been teaching for close to
three years, some of them four years and you
pay them only three months. So looking at the
pressure that is coming from within, we have
no option than to embark on such an action,”
he added.

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