Following the recent threats by different teachers’ unions, the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) are equally set to send their petition over the Ministry of Finance’s failure to pay their unpaid arrears in the last two years to the Supreme Court. Also National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) are not relenting in their pressure on the government to pay their arrears as agreed.
The various unions are demanding that the arrears for 2013 and 2014 batches of newly recruited teachers, those on promotion and others who were reinstated or re-engaged, and also the outstanding transfer grants and allowances for deserving ones be duly paid them.
Continuing from where the NAGRAT President, Christian Adai-Poku Stopped, the Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, said they signed an agreement with government in November 2015 to have their arrears fast-tracked but government have violated the agreement.
Aggrieved CCT Vice president King Ali Awudu said that the body is waiting for a court action to be taken against the government concerning the interpretation of the law in the constitution, which has to do with the state paying the debt.
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 employees. Nevertheless, if by the end of this month we do not see any assurances or sureties of the payment of our monies, and if all the issues we have raised are not addressed, then an indefinite strike has been declared in advance,” he said addressing the press in Accra today being Wednesday.
The CCT Vice President added that if the arrears are not paid within two weeks, they would 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 hereby declare that all teachers should stay out of the classroom in a massive strike to press home our demands. He buttressed
The NAGRAT President had also said the same thing yesterday, and teachers are still on the wait for a positive result.