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Breaking – Teacher Unions Declare Nationwide Strike Starting 20th March – Full Details

Teacher Unions Declare Nationwide Strike Over Delay with Negotiation of Collective Agreement, Scheme of Service and Other Matter.

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with other two Pre-tertiary Teacher Unions have declared nationwide strike action.

This was revealed in a statement issued abd signed by the presidents of the Unions.

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According to the statement released, the main reasons for this industrial action are:

1. Delay with negotiation of the teachers Collective Agreement.

2. Scheme of Service

3. Inability of the governmrnt and Service to complete the distribution of the laptops to all teachers whose monies have been deducted hence have not received their laptops overs years now.

Below are the details of the statement pertaining to the strike action.

DECLARATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION (STRIKE)

“Good morning out friends from the media.”

“We have assembled you here this morning, to help carry our message and sentiments to the authorities-that-be at the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, and all who care about the education enterprise in the country, and all who have the concerns of teachers and learners at heart.”

“In recent times, we the Pre-tertiary Teacher Unions – GNAT, NAGRAT, and the CCT-Gh., have raised our voices over and over again on the following issues with the employer and asked for resolution, failure of which we hinted advising ourselves:

1. DELAY WITH NEGOTIATION OF THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

It would interest you to know that following the expiration of the Collective Agreement in 2023, negotiation of the new Collective Agreement should have been completed on or before February 29, 2024, but this has not been so.

Thus, the new Collective Agreement stands un-negotiated, and we raised this concern in our letter to the Director General, GES, dated 29th February, 2024, and also informed the National Labour Commission (NLC). As we
gather here now, the issue is still outstanding.

2. SCHEME OF SERVICE

We have also drawn the attention of the Director General of the GES to the fact that the Ghana Education Service does not have a functional Scheme of Service for Teachers. Thus, a much cogent and appropriate one, which takes care of all requirements in the teaching profession needs to be developed for us. We have cried over this to no avail.

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3. EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO THE TEACHERS ARE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:

The inability of the Government and the Service to complete the distribution
of the laptops to all teachers is of concern.

The rampant changes of the school calendar without recourse to negotiation with the Teacher Unions is affecting the smooth operation of the Service.

Also, the blockage of Teachers salaries by the Office of Special Prosecutor without recourse to laid down procedures is a major worry.

CALL TO ACTION

In the light of the above circumstances and given the delays, unfulfilled promises
on the part of the Employer and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, (FWSC )
and also threats from the rank and file of our members, we the Pre-tertiary Teacher
Unions do stand with our members and hereby declare a nationwide industrial
action (strike) effective today, Wednesday, 20th March, 2024, to press home our
demands.”

Teacher Unions Declare Nationwide Strike

Teacher Unions Declare Nationwide Strike

 

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