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PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY MR ERIC AGBE-CARBONU, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT)- GHANA,ON ARREARS OWED TEACHERS ON WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL, 2018 AT NAGRAT LYCEUM

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the National Executive and Council of NAGRAT and indeed, of all the teachers here gathered, and those across the length and breadth of this Country, I wish to welcome you to this morning’s Press Conference. We are indeed grateful for your presence here considering the fact that our invitation was extended to you at a very short notice.

We would like to thank you for this show of our mutual relationship and cooperation.Ladies and Gentlemen from the Media, this Press Conference today, is once again,a forum for us to express our frustrations and disgust at the deliberate actions and inactions of the Government regarding Salary Arrears owed the Ghanaian Teacher since 2013 in respect of Salary Adjustments, Up-grading, and Promotions, as well as outstanding Transfer Grants, without any convincing reason. The disquiet of our members has reached its fever pitch over the broken
promises,and deceit regarding the Non-payment of these Arrears by the Government.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, since coming into office, the Government promised that the Teacher was going to be at the center of all its educational policies and that all Arrears owed its educational policies and that all Arrears owed Teachers will be paid. Little did we know that even the inclusion of it in the 2017 Budget was only a red herring since not even a pesewas has been paid.

We note with regret that in spite of the litany of promises and numerous validation exercises and agreement signed, none of these have yielded any positive result to the benefit of the Teacher. Instead what we see are orchestrations, tactics, artful maneuvering and manipulations employed by the Ministry of Finance, and the Government for that matter to drag its feet and possibly, refuse to pay the arrears at all.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, NAGRAT has done all it could and at every twist and turn, we hit the wall. We have indeed come to the end of the road and we have no other alternative than to advise ourselves, and we so advise!

The Leadership of NAGRAT do hereby on this day, 4th of April, 2018 resolve that; all NAGRAT Members at the Pre-Tertiary level should lay down their tools and abstain from work; and that when the Senior High Schools re-open on the 16th April, 2018 nobody should expect our members to be present.

We urge all our Members to be resolute in pursuing what is rightfully ours. We further advise Heads of Institutions and Departments not to yield to any so call “pressure from above” in an attempt to intimidate Teachers in the pursuit of their lawful and legitimate demands, because such actions will be met with full resistance.

Thank you very much, our faithful Media friends and unrelenting Colleagues for your attention and support.

Long live NAGRAT,

Long live the Teachers’ right,

Long live Ghana.

SIGNED
Eric Agbe-Carbonu-President

April 4, 2018

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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