ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAGRAT, ERIC ANGEL  CARBONU, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE NAGRAT LYCEUM

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAGRAT, ERIC ANGEL  CARBONU, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE NAGRAT LYCEUM

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAGRAT, ERIC ANGEL  CARBONU, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE NAGRAT LYCEUM

ON THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER,2019

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the Media, about a month ago, the National Association of  Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) held a Press Conference to put before the general  public issues that are negatively affecting the Ghanaian Teacher. Notable, among the issues raised was the Newly Introduced Human Resource Management  Information System (HRMIS) acquired by the Public Services Commission which  has brought a lot of problems and pains to the Ghanaian Teacher, in the following

areas.

 

PROMOTION LETTERS

Today, teachers who have been promoted as far back as three (3) years ago have  not been given their promotion letters indicating the effective date of their

promotions.  This will affect their chance of progressing in the GES.

 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 Teachers who have additional responsibilities besides their teaching duties have  not had their responsibility allowances restored after they were promoted.  Some

teachers have suffered this problem for the past three years.

 

DIFFICULTY IN REINSTATING TEACHERS

 

Some teachers who have completed their study leave with or without pay, have  had difficulty being reinstated into the Ghana Education Service (GES) and even  when they are reinstated, they are still being paid their pre-study leave salaries.

 DELAY IN PROMOTION INTERVIEW

The Service condition of the GES and indeed the Public Service, grants that a  teacher is eligible for interview after serving on his or her current rank for four (4)  years.

 Due to the myriad of problems bedeviling promotion in the GES, teachers have stayed on their ranks for more than five to six years without being invited for

 promotion interviews. A huge backlog has been created as a result of teachers waiting to be invited for promotion.

TRANSFERS

Ladies and gentlemen of the Media, it is a nightmare to be transferred or to seek  transfer in the GES these days.  The GES is unable to effect genuine transfer requests

 

due to impediments placed in it’s path by the HRMIS of the Public Service Commission.  This has brought untold pressure and hardship on teachers in the service.

WE CALL ON THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION TO REMOVE THE OBSTACLES  IT HAS PLACED ON THE PATH OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE.

SALARY ARREARS

It looks like the Government has suspended its obligation of paying salary arrears.  Yet, day in day out, new arrears are being created.  The promotion issues and salary upgrade problems, mentioned earlier, have created another batch of salary arrears.

Teachers who for one reason or the other have had their salaries stopped, will have to live without being paid for months despite the fact that they report regularly to duty.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is clear that the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) being operated by the Public Service Commission is incompatible with the scheme of service of the GES.  The Teacher Unions since inception of the HRMIS, have complained about the system to no avail.

COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

Our Collective Agreement expired about eight years ago.  Over the period, a lot have changed.  Today, teachers are working longer hours without extra compensation. Calls by the Teacher Unions to commence negotiations for a new Collective Agreement have fallen on deaf ears.

The leadership of NAGRAT can no longer fold its arms and watch as teachers suffer such pains and neglect.

STRIKE ACTION

Leadership informs the general public and indeed all teachers that from today 5TH

September, 2019 we have decided to lay down our tools. NAGRAT here declares a STRIKE.  All teachers in schools that have already reopened should lay down their tools and stay out of school. Those that are yet to reopen, must stay out of the schools when school reopens. We call on all our teachers to be steadfast in this industrial action.

Thank you.

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September 5, 2019

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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