Teacher Unions finally give Update on Ruling by the National Labour Commission

Following the directives issued by the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, after the declaration of a nationwide indefinite strike action on March 20, 2024, by the three Teacher Unions, a meeting was held between the disputing parties.

These parties included the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Ghana Education Service on one side, and the Teacher Unions on the other.

The Commission, having heard the dispute and held joint and separate (caucus) sessions with the parties, made several findings and issued directives. They write to report on the progress and current status of these directives as follows:

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  1. Distribution of Laptops:
    As of today, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, not all teachers have received their laptops. This delay is causing unrest and may disrupt peace if the Minister for Education does not fulfill his promise of delivering the laptops to every teacher by the end of June 2024.
  2. Financial Negotiations:
    The parties have met to continue negotiations on financial items. While some progress has been made, there are still outstanding issues, particularly the Deprived Area Allowance, that need to be resolved.
  3. Strike Action:
    The Teacher Unions were directed to call off the strike action immediately and report accordingly. They are pleased to report that this directive has been followed, and the strike has been called off.
  4. Embargo on Salaries:
    The embargo placed by the Office of the Special Prosecutor on the salaries of some teachers has not been fully resolved. It is imperative that this issue is addressed promptly to prevent further agitation among the affected teachers.
  5. Scheme of Service:
    The Ghana Education Service (GES) has delivered the Scheme of Service document to the Teacher Unions. The Teacher Unions are expected to provide feedback to the employer by July 15, 2024.

They hope this report provides a comprehensive update on the progress made following the NLC’s directives and highlights the areas that require immediate attention to ensure the smooth resolution of all outstanding issues.

Finally, they wish to report that these are the outcomes of the engagement they have had and wish to bring same to the attention of the Commission for the necessary action to be taken on the outstanding issues in the interest of peace and harmony on the labour front.

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