Teacher Unions call off strike action

The industrial strike that was initiated by the three pre-tertiary teachers’ unions on March 20, 2024, has been called off.

A strike was called by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) due to what they considered to be subpar working conditions.

They blamed the change on the Ministry of Education’s and its implementing agency, the Ghana Education Service (GES), failing to establish more favorable working circumstances.

The lack of a suitable Collective Agreement and Scheme of Service, frequent calendar modifications made without consulting the teachers, ineffective laptop distribution, and Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) salary blockages were among the issues brought up by the teachers.

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Both the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) criticized the decision and urged the teachers to return to the bargaining table after the announcement.

In a statement issued today [Tuesday, April 2, 2024], the President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, King Ali Awudu, intimated the importance for their employers to swiftly address their concerns of the unions.

“As law abiding citizens and having respect for the court, we hereby declare the strike that was called on 20th March 2024 off. We ask all our members and teachers of pre-tertiary education in this country to resume work with immediate effect,” he said.

“We continue to ask the employer led by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to commence negotiations this afternoon, today April 2 2024. So, we can expedite the negotiations and come to a conclusion to forestall any other happenings in the future,” he added.

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