Teacher unions throughout the country have declared a strike movement powerful today, Monday, 4 July 2022, over government’s refusal to pay their Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) withinside the wake of growing problem withinside the country.
The teachers had been demanding COLA from the start of the year and even gave a deadline if the employer which is the government did not 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.
In a statement, the teachers stated they cannot undergo the monetary problem anymore. The strike entails each teaching and non-teaching staff.
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.
“Colleagues, you may recollect and without sounding repetitive and monotonous, that the unions have severally called for the government’s grant of a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to the Ghanaian worker generally and in particular, teachers and educational workers of the Pre-Tertiary Education level. These calls, unfortunately have fallen on deaf ears. We wish to use this forum to express our displeasure over insensitivity of the government regarding our demand” the statement added.