National Labour Commission appeals to Teacher Unions to return to negotiation table

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The National Labour Commission (NLC) has called on the four Teacher Unions to rescind their decision and discontinue the strike action to pave way for the process of engagement to ensue.

Teacher unions throughout the country have declared a strike action on, Monday, 4 July 2022, over government’s refusal to pay their Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) withinside the wake of growing economic crisis withinside the country.

The teachers had been demanding COLA from the start of the year and even gave June 30th as deadline for their employer to attend to their needs. According to the teachers, the boom charge of inflation withinside the country has eroded their meagre salaries making existence insufferable for them.

At joint press conference held by the four unions namely the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) and Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) expressed their displeasure over the government failure to pay their 20% base salary increment.

In sharp rebuttal, the NLC has asked the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Education, and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to urgently interact with the 4 teacher unions presently on strike.

“You are hereby requested to engage the aggrieved Teacher Unions immediately upon receipt of
this correspondence to negotiate settlement of their grievance(s) within seven (7) days and furnish the Commission with a Report upon completion.”

Read the full statement below:

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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