The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has informed the government of Ghana to pay them their cost of living allowance else they will cease going to the classroom in July.
Chairman of the Adenta, Abokobi, Madina GNAT District, Mr. Christian Adinkra during a cost of living discussion with Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise Morning Show monitored by Honestynewgh.com, he explained that without the COLA, the teacher goes to the classroom demoralized, without the COLA the teacher goes to class disappointed.
“Paying COLA is non – negotiable, hence No COLA no Classroom” Mr Adinkra stressed.
He explained that GNAT’s demand for at least 20% Cost of Living Allowance is justified, considering the rate of inflation in Ghana which stands at about 27.6% as of June 2022. “Things are getting more expensive day by day. Food has become expensive, transport fares have gone up, and everything has shot up except the salaries of teachers. Seriously, teachers in Ghana are stressed and frustrated”.
“In July 2021 when we were negotiating on minimum wage, inflation was just 9% but now inflation has increased to 19.4%.
“We gave the government until the end of June this year to grant the 20 per cent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) or risk the anger of over 240,000 teachers nationwide but the government failed to listen to us hence we will have no other option that to lay down our tools in the coming days”, he added.
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