Call off the Strike Immediately, NLC to Striking Teacher Unions
Is been almost a week since the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions proceeded on strike over the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the Director General. The Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions again demanded the withdrawal of the renewal of Lawyer Anthony Boateng’s contract as the Deputy Director General.
After several attempts to talk the striking Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions in to call off the strike, proofed futile. This necessitated the onward referral of the striking pre-tertiary teacher unions to the National Labour Commission (NLC).
On the 9th of November, the NLC met with the striking Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions to find amicable solution to the demands of the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions.
The outcome of the Meeting:
On Wednesday, 9th November, 2022, the disputing parties appeared before the National Labour Commission for a hearing of the matter of declaration of strike by the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions.
The Complainants happens to be the Government and was led by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations. The Respondents in this case happens to be the Pre-Tertiary Unions fully represented by the leadership of the President of National Association of Graduate Teachers Ghana (NAGRAT), the General Secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the President of Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).
As stated in the complainants’ case, the respondents have embarked upon strike since 4th November, 2022.
Again, that according to the respondents, His Excellency the President has appointed an Ag. Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES) and they are unhappy about that appointment.
The complainants’ case continued by stating that a Deputy Director General of GES who had retired had also been given three (3) contract extensions.
Finally, that after Complainants had been unsuccessful to get the Respondents to call off the action in order for them to discuss the issues, they sought the intervention of the Commission.
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The complainants were hopeful that the Commission to intervene to have the unions call off the strike.
The Pre-Tertiary Teacher union submitted that they took the decision at the highest level, which is the National Executive Council (NEC) to declare industrial action because when the issue came to their attention and they raised concerns no action was taken.
The Unions made a case that the extension of contract of the Deputy Director General was demotivating as there were equally competent people who could be appointed and especially so when there is a clear instruction from the sector Minister that contracts must be extended.
Secondly, that the criteria and caliber of person appointed as Director-General of GES is inimical to educations development.
Findings indicated that after both parties presented their cases, it said that the unions failed to follow due process before embarking on the strike and as such, the NLC issued the following directive to the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Unions;
- Pre-tertiary Unions must call off the strike immediately.
- Government must engage the Unions over the issues in dispute.
- Parties to report on 16th November, 2022 at 11:00 am.
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