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300,000 Teachers Declare Strike But NLC Deny Knowledge About It

Teacher Unions in Ghana, numbering about 300,000 have declared a nationwide strike effective Monday, December 9, 2019, over the failure of the government to pay the legacy arrears of members.

According to the three teachers' unions, the arrears span the period 2012 to 2016.

The unions; the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), announced their industrial action at a press conference in Accra.

The President of the National Association of Teachers, Phillipa Larson, said:  “In line of this development, we, the Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduated Teachers, Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana, do, hereby, declare today, a strike action by our members effective Monday, 9 December 2019.”

But the National Labour Commission (NLC) says it does not know the strike action.

Mr. Ofosu Asamoah Samuel Executive Secretary has said it is the responsibility of any Labour Union to write to officially notify the commission over intended strike and as close of work on Thursday, 5th December 2019, there was notification letter from the unions.

The Teacher Unions said “Some of the claims of GES are that some teachers were paid on ranks they were not on; some teachers had no personal record on the payroll between 2012 and 2014.

“Others are that some teachers were not owed any arrears, yet were credited with huge amounts of money; some teachers were employed as pupil teachers, but were paid as senior superintendents, while some female employees were to be paid Night Watchman allowance”.

Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com

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