Teacher Unions in the country, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) and Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) have declared an indefinite strike starting today Monday July 4, 2022.
This comes some after NAGRAT indicated their decision to commence strike if the government does not act on their demand for Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by end of June 2022.
Addressing the media in Accra, General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah disclosed that inflation among other conditions in the country are affecting their meager salary hence the decision to embark on the strike action.
According to him, there have been a number of calls and written letters to the government but no response.
“A passionate request in 2022 and recently an official correspondent dated 24th June 2022 by the Secretary General of TUC addressed to the President of the Republic of Ghana has not had any acknowledgement from same.
“The loud silence from the Government of Ghana on this matter is worrisome and leaves much to be desired of any government that cares about the plight of its workers. We wish to unambiguously express grave concern of the excruciating pain of poverty that have been bestowed on the Ghanaian teacher and the educational worker and leaves us with no option than to where we are now.”
He continued: “The members of the Unions in education can no longer bear the hardship even more so we reject the inequality of salaries in the public services of this country. We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike.”