Teachers Declare Strike over ‘Cost of Living Allowance’

Teachers across the country have 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 announcement by four 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), made the official announcement at a joint news conference on Monday, July 4, 2022.

This has been triggered by what they describe as government’s insensitiveness during negotiations for an increase of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

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.

GNAT General Secretary, Thomas Musah, who read the statement, said teachers can no longer bear the worsening economic hardship.

He also accused government of taking their threats for granted.

“We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike having gone passed the June 30 deadline we gave government for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance. Consequently, we have decided to embark on strike from today, Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are withdrawing services in all the pre-tertiary education institutions. This includes teaching and non-teaching staff,” he emphasized.

President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Carbonu who also addressed the press conference said they have been pushed to the wall and have no other option than to bear their teeth.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations is accusing some of the Teacher unions for bad faith.

According to the Ministry, only the leadership of GNAT has so far responded to an invitation for a meeting over their demand.

Deputy Employment Minister, Bright Wereko-Brobbey, claims the Graduate Teacher’s Union, NAGRAT and CCT are yet to respond.



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