A group calling itself, the Coalition of NEWLY RECRUITED GRADUATE TEACHERS have served notice of its intention to boycott the May 1 celebrations in protest of unpaid salaries.
The coalition is bitter about what they describe as neglect by authorities of the Ghana Education Service, the sector Ministry and the Controller and Accountant Generals Department over the past eight months.
A statement jointly singed by four members of the group, Rasheed Abrahamani, Brilliant Korku Tsoeke, Charles C. Chetu, and Elvis Kwame Baah said their action is to send a signal to government.
Brilliant Korku Tsoeke who spoke to XYZ News lamented over what he described as an unfortunate reaction but necessary because an army cannot march on an empty stomach.
Find below their full statement
COALITION OF NEWLY RECRUITED GRADUATE TEACHERS OF GHANA
30th April, 2017.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION OF NEWLY RECRUITED GRADUATE TEACHERS TO BOYCOTT 2017
WORKERS’ DAY CELEBRATION
We the members of the Coalition of Newly Recruited Graduate Teachers wish to express our disappointment and discontent in the government over the non-payment of our salary arrears and delay in payment of salaries for the month of April 2017.
Globally, 1st May is the day dedicated to celebrate all categories of workers. Ghana being a part of the
comity of nations will be marking the day as has been the norm. While the day will be replete with promises and assurances of improving the working conditions of the Ghanaian worker by the government, particularly those in the public sector, it is intriguing to note that teachers in the public sector in Ghana are yet to be paid salaries for the month of April, 2017.
As if that is not enough a plight for the public sector teacher, newly recruited graduate teachers who
were employed in September 2016 have only been paid one-month salary (salary for the month of
March 2017) out of the outstanding seven months of service to the nation. Even with this, not all of us
were paid. All promises to pay us our salary arrears have not seen the light of day.
To rub salt in our injury, second cycle schools re-open this week and we are expected to report to
duty. How do we transport ourselves to our various places of work? Controller and Accountant
Generals’ Department has no courtesy to communicate to us the reason for the delay in the payment of salaries for the month of April. We are left in the dark speculating when our salaries will hit our
We are therefore by this press release informing the whole world, particularly the Government of
Ghana, that the public sector teacher has been taken for a ride for far too long. We cannot and will
not participate in this Workers’ Day celebration which comes off tomorrow, as there is nothing worth
Brilliant Korku Tsoeke
Charles C. Chetu
Elvis Kwame Baah.
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