Graduate teachers in pre-tertiary institutions across the country have called off their 6-day old strike after a meeting with government to address their concerns.
A statement released here late Monday signed by Samuel Frank Dadzie, General Secretary for the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) announced the end of the industrial action.
The statement said, “Pursuant to the last meeting with the Hon. Minister for Employment and Labor Relations last Thursday, a meeting was reconvened today. Present were the Hon. Minister for Employment and Labor Relations, his Deputy, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Finance and all the relevant agencies as well as the teacher unions.
After a lengthy discussion, the following have been agreed upon;
1. Payment has been made to 2,566 teachers as at today
2. Payment will be made to at least 10,000 teachers on the May 6, 2018
3. Subsequently, a meeting of all stakeholders will be convened to consider the next schedule for the payment of the rest
4. Data of the payments will always be given to the teacher unions for verification.
As a result, a decision has been taken to suspend the strike action.”
The graduate teachers in pre-tertiary institutions across the West African country declared an indefinite strike on Wednesday April 4 over unpaid salary arrears.
The teachers claim the government owed them arrears, amounting to 50 million cedis or 11.33 million United States Dollars (USD) accruing from 2013 in respect of salary adjustments, up-grading and promotions, vehicle maintenance allowance as well as transfer grants.
It also includes the salaries of newly recruited teachers into the Ghana Education Service (GES) who have taught for several months but were yet to be paid. Enditem