COALITION OF CONCERNED TEACHERS (CCT) GOES TO COURT

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The Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), a teaching association in Ghana has given notice of their intention to petition the
Supreme Court over the Ministry of Finance’s
failure to pay its members their salary arrears
in the last two years.
Two other teacher unions, the Ghana National
Association of Teachers (GNAT), and the
National Association of Graduate Teachers
(NAGRAT), are also mounting pressure on the
Finance Ministry to pay their accumulated
allowances.
The Unions have already declared their
intention to lay down their tools in the coming days if their plea still remain un address.
The unions are demanding the payment of the
arrears of the 2013 and 2014 batches of newly
recruited teachers, allowances for teachers on
promotion and others who were reinstated or
re-engaged, and also the outstanding transfer
grants and allowances for deserving teachers.
The Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu,
also said they signed an agreement
with government in November 2015 to have
their arrears fast-tracked, but government has
violated the agreement.
Addressing the press in Accra,
the Vice President of the CCT, King Ali Awudu state that if they are not paid within two
weeks, they will embark on an indefinite strike.
“If within two weeks, all salary arrears, vehicle
maintenance allowance, incremental credit
arrears and transfer grants are not paid, then
we declare that all teachers should stay out of
the classroom in a massive strike to press
home our demands.”
Mr. King Ali Awudu says they are
thinking of a possible court action against
the state, to seek for interpretation of the law
at the Supreme Court on the payment of
salaries to public sector workers.
“We are seeking an interpretation to Article 24
(1) of the 1992 constitution, if the state or
government has the right to employ and not
pay these employee. Nevertheless, if by the
end of this month, we do not see any
assurances of the payment of our monies and
all the issues we have raised are not
addressed, then an indefinite strike has been
declared in advance.”

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