Four teacher unions have declared an indefinite nationwide strike starting Monday, July 4, 2022, over demands for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

The unions made up of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) are demanding that the 20% of their basic salary be paid to them.

According to them, they’ve resorted to the strike action because the government has failed to pay the COLA, which they contend could have relieved them of the impact of the rising cost of living.

The unions have taken the decision to suspend their services both in and outside the classroom after a June 30 deadline expired.

Addressing a joint press conference on Monday, the General Secretary of the GNAT, Thomas Musah, said the government has flatly refused to answer all their calls for the allowance to be paid.

“We 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, having gone past the June 30, 2022 deadline [that] we gave government for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance.

“Consequently, we have decided to embark on a strike action effective today, Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are withdrawing all our services in all the pre-tertiary education space – this includes teaching and non-teaching staff,” he announced.

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Teacher unions declare nationwide strike demanding ‘Cost of Living Allowance’
Teacher unions declare nationwide strike demanding ‘Cost of Living Allowance’
Teacher unions declare nationwide strike demanding ‘Cost of Living Allowance’

Source: Kasapafmonline.com