Teachers Threaten Nationwide Strike Over Unpaid Salary Arrears

It all starts as a threat. Teachers nationwide are threatening to strike if the government does not pay their outstanding arrears which they say is a breach of agreement on the government’s side. The teachers say the government has failed to pay their salary arrears which includes that of 2013 and 2014 batches of newly recruited teachers, teachers on promotion and others who were re-instated or re-engaged. Included in the outstanding arrears are car maintenance allowances and transfer grants which was promised to be paid by June 13, 2015.

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Speaking to Joy fm, Christian Adai-Poku, the president of the  National Association of Graduate Teachers,(NAGRAT) maintained that they have to strike so as to compel the government to fulfill their own part of the agreement.

When we had the agreement they went to sleep. Our teachers are pestering us everywhere. Some are even insulting us. I mean a lot of things are happening and it’s not palatable. It’s as if government wants to set us against our members and that is not fair.” he said

He said that they have been receiving persistent insults from their members as they look up to them in leadership to fast track whatever decision that has to be made. However, in a letter addressed to the National Labour Commission, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), NAGRAT and Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) have served a notice  to the National Labour Commission, saying that they would go on strike by the end of this month if their arrears are not paid.

…We have notified them of our intention to embark on a strike action if these things are not done by the end of this month,” he added

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The outstanding transfer grants, travel and transport allowances for some teachers are said to date as far back as 2012. The associations are hoping that the strike would move the government  to settle them duly.