Official: Ghanaian Teacher Unions’ Press Release Following the Directives of the National Labour Commission

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The Ghanaian Teacher Unions, i.e., the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-Gh), have issued a press release following the directives of the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Tuesday, 26th March 2021, after a declaration of a nationwide indefinite strike action on 20th March 2024 by the three Teacher Unions.

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The NLC met the disputing parties, which include the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and Pensions, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Ghana Education Service on one hand and the Teacher Unions on the other hand.

According to the letter, it was stated that the Commission, having heard the dispute and having met the parties jointly and in separate (caucus) sessions, made some findings and thereby gave some directives, and we write to report on them as follows:

  1. On the issue of the laptops, we wish to report that as of today, Wednesday, 26th June 2024, not all teachers have received their laptops. This is creating unease and could disturb the peace if the Minister for Education doesn’t deliver on his promise of delivering the laptops to every teacher by the end of June 2024.
  2. The parties should meet to continue negotiations on the financial items. We wish to report that part of this has been done, but there are outstanding issues to be completed, especially the Deprived Area Allowance.
  3. The Teacher Unions should call off the strike action with immediate effect and report accordingly. We wish to report that this has been done.
  4. On the issue of the embargo placed by the Office of the Special Prosecutor on the salaries of some teachers, we wish to report that it has not been fully resolved. It is expected that this will be done to prevent current agitations.
  5. Regarding the issue of the Scheme of Service, we wish to report that the GES has delivered the document to the Teacher Unions. The Teacher Unions will send their feedback to the employer by 15th July 2024.
  6. Finally, we wish to report that these are the outcomes of the engagement we have had and wish to bring the same to the attention of the Commission for the necessary actions to be taken on the outstanding issues in the interest of peace and harmony on the labour front.

The letter had the endorsement by the following:

  • Thomas Musah, General Secretary, GNAT
  • Eric Agbe-Carbonu, President, NAGRAT
  • King Ali Awudu, President, CCT-Gh.

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