TEACHERS UNIONS SUSPEND STRIKE

we are SUSPENDING the strike action to enable negotiations continue. It is however our firm conviction that the negotiations will be concluded in due course and that the implementation outcome will be fruitful to Labour and also be respected by Government accordingly.

TEACHERS UNIONS SUSPEND STRIKE

Ladies and gentlemen of the Media, it would be recalled that on Friday, 15th March, 2013, GNAT and NAGRAT organized a press conference at which they aired their grave disappointment regarding the way and manner their concerns were being handled by the Ghana Education Service Management and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).To recap, the said concerns included but not limited to;

  1. Non-negotiation of new proposals of the Collective Agreement for the teaching employees of the Ghana Education Service (GES)
  2. Freeze on annual increments for the staff of GES since 2010
  3. Non-payment of Vehicle Maintenance Allowance for 2012 to date to GES staff who qualify
  4. Delays in resolving outstanding issues related to promotions

Ladies and gentlemen, at the end of that press conference, the Teacher Unions announced that “to show our displeasure for the inertia of the relevant authorities in solving the concerns of teachers in the pre-tertiary educational institutions in the public service, whose mandate we carry, we as leaders, are unable to restrain our members who have already resolved not to teach, invigilate, supervise and not to work with effect from Monday, 18th March, 2013.”

It might interest you to know that four days later that is, Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) also joined the fold to show their displeasure.

Ladies and gentlemen, from that 15th March, 2013 to this day, a lot of things have taken place.

Permit me to give you a chronology of events since the declaration of the strike action.

  • On Sunday, 17th March, 2013, the Teacher Unions had a meeting  with Government officials at the Flagstaff House.  That meeting ended inconclusively because it failed to meet the expectations of the Teacher Unions.  Simply put, it was full of appeals to teachers to call off the strike without touching on the substantive issues that led to the strike and the way to get them resolved
  • Monday, 18th March, 2013, we were greeted with a subpoena from the National Labour Commission (NLC).  At the meeting, a directive was given to striking teachers to call off the strike.
  • On Wednesday, 20th March, 2013, we again had a meeting with the National Labour Commission. At the meeting, the FWSC was directed to quickly constitute a competent body including Ministry of Finance and GES Management Representatives to negotiate the proposed Collective Agreement with the Teacher Unions. Meanwhile, the leadership of the Teacher Unions was directed to call off the strike.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Friday, 22nd March, 2013 saw yet another meeting, this time, with the Honorable Minister of Education and other stakeholders.  At the meeting, it was recorded that, the mandate to negotiate the Collective Agreement including Teachers Retention Premium, had not been granted by FWSC yet.
  • Then yesterday, 25TH March, 2013, we had an invitation from His Excellency, the President of the Republic for a meeting at the Flagstaff House.  Though at short notice, all the Teacher Unions and the Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), were at the meeting. The President appealed to the Teacher Unions to impress upon their members to return to work.  He also   pledged that the State Institutions and Agencies responsible, would be directed to expedite action on the resolution of the concerns.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Media, we have brought you here today 26th March, 2013 to inform you about the Teacher Unions’ decision to SUSPEND their strike action until further notice. We are therefore, by these media here gathered calling on all teachers across the length and breadth of the country to go back to their normal duties. 

REASONS

  1. Our major reason as leaders for supporting our members who embarked on the strike action was our inability to get the opportunity to negotiate the proposed Collective Agreement. FWSC has agreed to enter into negotiations with the Teacher Unions. Indeed, a letter from FWSC inviting the Teacher Unions to a meeting later today has just been received.
  2. Much administrative work has been done by GES, MOE, FWSC, etc. to ensure that Vehicle Maintenance Allowance and annual incremental credit arrears will be paid. Issues relating to teachers’ promotion have been resolved except the payment of promotion arrears which is also receiving attention. 
  1. We as agents of change and examples to society do not want to be seen as too unyielding to pleas coming from all quarters including Christian Council, Muslim Council, Catholic Bishops Conference, Parent Teacher Associations, other Civil Society Organisations, NGOs,  our own pupils and students and especially His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana.

CONCLUSION

Ladies and gentlemen, based on the assurances given by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, the many appeals from many quarters which we believe will serve as our witnesses in the future, as well as the future of our own pupils and students, we are SUSPENDING the strike action to enable negotiations continue. It is however our firm conviction that the negotiations will be concluded in due course and that the implementation outcome will be fruitful to Labour and also be respected by Government accordingly.

We want to use this opportunity to thank all members of GNAT, NAGRAT, CCT, the media, and all our publics who have stood by us during the course of this strike action.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming. 

LONG LIVE GNAT/NAGRAT/CCT

LONG LIVE TEACHERS OF GHANA

LONG LIVE GHANA

  1. SIGN: ……………………………………………….

MR. SAMUEL DOE ALOBUIA

(NATIONAL PRESIDENT, GNAT) 

  1. SIGN: ………………………………………

MR. CHRISTIAN ADDAI- POKU

(NATIONAL PRESIDENT, NAGRAT) 

  1. SIGN: ……………………………………….

MR. ERNEST OPOKU

(NATIONAL PRESIDENT, CCT)

 

 

March 27, 2013

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UNRESOLVED GRIEVANCES OF THE STAFF OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT) - GHANA National Secretariat P. O. Box NM 329 Accra –Ghana 4th July, 2014

Tel:  233-0302-403454

www.nagrat.org E-mail:info@nagrat.org   THE CHAIRMAN NATIONAL LABOUR COMMISSION PRIVATE MAIL BAG ACCRA       THE CHAIRMAN GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE COUNCIL P. O. BOX M 45 ACCRA     Dear Sir,

 UNRESOLVED GRIEVANCES OF THE STAFF OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

We write to complain about the way and manner government and the Ghana Education Service management have handled grievances of the staff of the service. From 2010 to date, the unions of the Ghana Education Service have raised concerns on grievances that have been left unresolved by the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and for that matter government. These grievances have been the major reasons behind various strikes, demonstration; and petitions, and yet their redress remains far from sight. Sir, you would recall that in May 2014 the grievances listed below caused the National Association of Graduate Teachers to serve notice of its intention of industrial action on the National Labour Commission and the subsequent declaration of industrial action. They are:
  1. Second Tier Pension Scheme
  2. Payment of Outstanding Incremental Credits for 2011 and 2012
  3. Non-payment of Transfer Grants and T&T Allowances to Teachers Transferred from 2010 to date
  4. Three (3) Months Pay Policy on Newly Recruited Staff, Promotions and Re-engagement
  5. Revision of WAEC Invigilation Allowances.
Consequent upon that industrial action, a meeting was convened between the government team and the Teacher Unions on 15th May, 2014 to resolve the issues relating to teachers of the Ghana Education Service. At the meeting various agreements were reached on the issues and a Communiqué signed. (Vide copy for your study and use). We wish to bring to your notice that government and the GES management have failed to adhere to the tenets of the Communiqué they signed. A case in point is that on the payments of not more than three (3) months’ salary arrears. The agreement is that District Directors of education would submit completed templates for payment of the remaining arrears to Regional Directors latest by 16th May, 2014 and that payment are expected by the end of June 2014. Sir, we are now in July and most of the templates are still at the District Directorates. Payments for those that have been submitted to headquarters have not been made. On transfer grants, the Communiqué mandated District Directors to collate data on qualified beneficiaries by end of May 2014. Stakeholders were to be invited upon receipt of the data for a verification and validation exercise for payments to be effected. We have moved through June to July, 2014 yet the Stakeholders’ meeting has not been convened. Needless to say, the verifications and validation exercise has not taken place and a date for payment not known. Closely linked to the payment of transfer grant is the staff deployment and rationalization exercise. Government and the GES management agreed to suspend the exercise and source funding for the payment of transfer grants and T&T of teachers transferred since 2010. As of now the outstanding grants and allowance have not been paid yet teachers are being transferred under the exercise Collection of data on teachers who were transferred has been done for the group of 2014 to the neglect of all those transferred from 2010 to 2013. On the strength of that Communiqué and the genuine desire to create the congenial climate for further negotiations, NAGRAT called off its strike on 21st May, 2014. On the same day, the National Labour Commission (NLC) invited the parties to a meeting aimed at resolving the grievances. It is pertinent to point out that while NAGRAT and the FWSC attended the meeting other parties namely the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations failed to honour the invitation. The NLC scheduled another meeting for 18th June, 2014. The National Labour Commission notwithstanding issued some directive to be responded to by 11th June, 2014 prior to the meeting of 18th June, 2014. (Please find copy attached) Sir, it is interesting to note that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service which had invited NAGRAT to a meeting on that day postponed the meeting indefinitely when NAGRAT called off the strike. That meeting has not been reconvened to date. This is a clear indication of the lack of commitment of government and the GES management to resolving the grievances of the Ghana Education Service Staff. When National Officers of NAGRAT reported at the premises of the National Labour Commission on 18th June, 2014, they were told that the meeting had been postponed indefinitely. It is almost three (3) weeks now and the National Labour Commission has left the issues hanging without any communication with the leadership of the Association. Sir, teachers are getting increasingly convinced that their grievances are systematically trivialized. We want to state emphatically that should any unpleasant outcome occur, teachers will take no share of blame. Their patience has been stretched to the limit and the disquiet is becoming alarming.   Yours faithfully,     Stanislaus P. Nabome General Secretary Cc:
  1. The Honourable Minister,
Ministry of Education Accra
  1. The Honourable Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations Accra
  1. The Honourable Minster,
Ministry of Finance Accra
  1. The Chief Executive
Fair Wages and Salaries Commission Accra
  1. The Director General
Ghana Education Service Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Ghana National Association of Teachers Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Teacher and Educational Workers Union Accra
  1. The President
Coalition of Concerned Teachers Accra
  1. All Regional Chairmen,
NAGRAT Regional Secretariat