Teacher Unions Declare Strike over COLA
The four teacher unions declared strike starting today Monday, the 4th of July, 2022. This came as a result of the governments consistent failure to attend to their cry. The teacher unions demanded for the introduction of a 20% increment in cost of living allowance (COLA) which the government has shown little or no interest in meeting the demands of workers.
In a letter signed by the four teacher unions namely; GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU AND CCT-GH, The strike is valid hence, there will be no school for teachers and parents are advised to keep their children at home until further notice.
The letter reads, “We wish to remind government of the responsibility imposed on her by article 36 of the 1992 Constitution; thus (1) ‘the State shall take all necessary action to ensure that the national economy is managed in such a manner as to maximize the rate of economic development development and to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every person in Ghana and to provide adequate means of livelihood and suitable employment and public assistance to the needy.
(2) The State shall, in particular, take all necessary steps to establish a sound and healthy economy whose underlying principles shall include – (a) the guarantee of a fair and realistic remuneration for production and productivity in order to encourage continued production and higher productivity; (e) the recognition that the most secure democracy is the one that assures the basic necessities of life for its people as a fundamental duty’.
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 this insensitivity of the government regarding our demand.
The letter further stated that the demand of the Associations was as a result of the high level of inflation in the country, the incessant skyrocketing prices of fuel, goods and services, have eroded the already woefully so-called salary increases granted them as expressed in 4% and 7% for 2021 and 2022 respectively.
It reads further, “inflation in the country is currently 27.6% and continues to escalate ad infinitum; only God knows when this will abate”.
The teacher unions stated that several press conferences the various teacher unions held to demand for the COLA yielded no result and this has left them with no option than to withdraw their services until the government attends to their needs.
This was expressed in the letter and it reads, “We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike having gone passed the June 30, 2022 deadline we gave government for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Consequently, we have decided to embark on a Strike Action, effective today Monday, July, 2022.”
“By this, we are informing the general public that, we are withdrawing all our services in all the Pre-Tertiary educational space. (Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff)”.
All teachers are entreated to join the strike action so as to send a strong message to the government.