The National Labour Commission (NLC) has urged the government to take the necessary steps to immediately resolve the grievances of teachers working with public schools.
It comes after 3 teacher unions across the country declared an indefinite strike with immediate effect over government’s inability to meet the deadline for their demands for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The unions, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), said their action was triggered by government’s insensitiveness during negotiations COLA.
GNAT General Secretary, Thomas Musah, said teachers could no longer bear the worsening economic hardship and accused the government of taking their threats for granted.
In a reaction, the NLC has therefore written to the government to engage the striking teachers while it has called on them to also rescind their industrial action.
“You are hereby requested to engage the aggrieved Teachers Unions immediately upon receipt of this correspondence to negotiate settlement of their grievance(s) within seven (7) days and furnish the Commission with a Report upon completion,” the statement copied to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Minister of Education said.
The various unions had in separate statements issued a June 30, 2022 deadline for at least a 20% upward adjustment to prevent consequential actions that could disrupt the academic calendar.