GNAT urges NLC to ensure government implements teachers’ collective agreement

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is calling on the National Labour Commission (NLC) to ensure government adhere to the collective bargaining agreement between public sector teachers and the employer to avert any possible strike in the coming days.

A communique issued after a week-long meeting held in Ejisu near Kumasi, the National Council of GNAT expressed dissatisfaction about the poor conditions of teachers across and urged immediate steps taken to ameliorate the situation.

“The National Council calls on the National Labour Commission to prevail on the employer and all who matter, to address the issues bordering on the collective agreement, and the conditions of teachers, which in effect affect their performance and well-being, as highlighted by the unions in their press statement of August 10th, 2021, as placed before the Commission by National Security, addressed expeditiously, to avert any ripples on the education front.

The National Council calls on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to take immediate steps to resolve the outstanding issues concerning the promotion of teachers on the junior ranks, especially the 2015 and 2016 year groups, to engender peace and harmony in the education front.”

The GNAT further called on the government to fulfil its promise of providing decent accommodation for teachers as contained in the 2016 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the general election.

“The National Council calls on government to provide decent accommodation for teachers as promised in the 2016 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party, as well as the 2017 government budget. We can no longer wait for the realisation and fulfilment of this promise, which has been outstanding five years down the line.

Teachers across the country have had issues with the government over legacy salary arrears, transfer grants, challenges with promotion issues and the increment of salaries for 2021 and 2022 by 4% and 7% respectively.

Ahead of the 2022 budget statement presentation by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, the Coalition for Concerned Teachers (CCT) called on the government to pay Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to teachers to cushion them against their deteriorating purchasing power. Enditem

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