Dismiss striking teachers – Labour expert to government

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The government should embark on mass dismissal of striking teachers in the event that they fail to agree to the employer’s [government’s] demand throughout negotiations on the price of dwelling allowance, a labour guide, Yiadom Boakye Amponsah has stated.

Boakye Amponsah’s remark comes after the Honest Wages and Salaries Fee (FWSC) requested the striking teachers to name off their strike to pave the best way for correct negotiations with the government.

The teachers comprising 4 trainer unions on Monday( 4 July) started an indefinite strike over what they described because the government’s failure to pay their price of dwelling allowance (COLA).

“Negotiations follow a certain protocol. So you cannot just jump the gun, especially, when you know that your institution drives its strength from its budget and budgets are done on annual basis,” he stated on the Asaase Breakfast Present on Wednesday (6 July).

“My position will be that, let’s discuss the issues when you think that we can consider the inflationary trends in 2022 to determine your salaries … For me, if the unions insist, if I sit in that position as the chairman for the discussion, I will be looking for a mass dismissal,” Boakye Amponsah stated.

“Because you cannot hoodwink the whole nation to something which is not legitimate. Everybody is going through tough times,” he added.

Teachers declare indefinite strike over price of dwelling allowance

No less than 4 trainer unions in Ghana have declared an indefinite strike over their price of dwelling allowance (COLA).

They’re the Ghana National Association of Teachers, Nationwide Affiliation of Graduate Teachers, Coalition of Involved Teachers, Ghana and the Teachers and Academic Staff Union.

The strike took impact Monday 4 July 2022, the unions stated at a press convention in Accra.

They stated the government failed to meet their 30 June deadline to pay their members the price of dwelling allowance.

“We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike having gone passed the 30 June deadline we gave government for the payment of cost of living allowance,” the overall secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah stated.

“Consequently, we have decided to embark on strike from today, Monday 4 July 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are withdrawing services in all the pre-tertiary education institutions. This includes teaching and non-teaching staff.,” he added.

The teachers are combating for the fee of between 20% and 30% of their salaries as a price of dwelling allowance. They stated the allowance will cushion them on the again of present financial circumstances and the worsening plight of teachers.

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has initiated strikes to meet with the unions.

Fred Dzakpata

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