GNAT Threaten Strike Action

Winston Mills-Compton teaches a class in mathematics at the Mfantsipim Boys School in Cape Coast, Ghana, June 20, 2006. Mfantsipim is one of the oldest schools in Cape Coast, a town that prides itself as the academic center of the country. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is one of the school's alumni.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst)

Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has complained bitterly about the failure of the Commission to address their grievances.

The association, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the National Labour Commission dated February 11, 2016, explained that “we recall the outstanding concerns of the employees of the Ghana Education Service (GES) that have been pending at your commission for some years now.”

It mentioned the non-payment of salary arrears to 2013 and 2014 batches of newly recruited teachers, teachers on promotion and others who were reinstated or re-engaged.”

It said “a working group, under the auspices of the Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance, was constituted to draw a roadmap for the resolution of all outstanding issues.

By the roadmap agreed upon by the parties, GNAT indicated that “the said salary arrears were scheduled to be paid on or before 30th June, 2015.”

The deadline, GNAT said, has since elapsed but the salary arrears remain outstanding.

Also, GNAT disclosed that the deadline for the payment of vehicle maintenance allowances to deserving teachers by the government has since elapsed but no payment whatsoever had been made.

BY Melvin Tarlue