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REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ROAD MAP TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO TEACHER UNIONS OF GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ROAD MAP TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO TEACHER UNIONS OF GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

1.0       INTRODUCTION

The National Labour Commission (NLC) at its sitting on Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 in the matter between the three Teacher Unions (Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers and Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana) and Ghana Education Service (GES), directed the formation of a Working Group under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance composed as follows:

  1.         Three (3) representatives of the Teacher Unions (one representative each from GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT)
  2.         One (1) representative from Ghana Education Service (GES)
  3.          Two (2) representatives from Ministry of Education (MOE)
  4.          One (1) representative from the Audit Service
  5.          One (1) representative from the Controller and Accountant Generals’ Department (CAGD)
  6.           One (1) representative from the Ministry of Finance (MOF)
  7.           One (1) representative from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC)

2.0      GROUP’S MANDATE

The Group’s mandate was derived from the NLC’s ruling “IN THE MATTER BETWEEN THE TEACHER UNIONS AND GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (GES)” dated 30th October, 2014. The mandate included the following:

a)      Presenting a Roadmap as to how the various issues can be effectively addressed;

b)     The Roadmap should have timelines with assigned responsibilities on who will carry or undertake a specific action or activity

c)      The GES and three Teacher Unions should provide all information of affected teachers from the remote parts of the country to the Working Group

d)     The Roadmap should be submitted to the Commission on 5th November, 2014 not later than 12noon for the parties to appear at 3:00pm.

e)      The Roadmap shall be considered and adopted by the Commission as a consent judgment.

 

3.0        INAUGURATION OF THE WORKING GROUP

The Hon Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on 31st October, 2014 inaugurated the Working Group on the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Ministry of
Finance and empowered them to begin their assignment. He assured the Group of his maximum support.

4.0        ISSUES AT STAKE

The Group deliberated on four (4) issues:

  1. Vehicle Maintenance Allowance

The Teacher Unions had complained that payment of this allowance to their members had been in arrears since 2013. Hence arrears of 12 months in 2013 and
10 months in 2014 had accrued to them. These categories are: Car- GH¢40jmonth, Motorcycle – GH¢10jmonth and Bicycle – GH¢4jmonth.

II.      Transfer Grant

The transfer grant has been in arrears since 2010. The rate of payment is one (1) month gross salary.

III.        Payment of not more than three (3) Month’s Salary Arrears (Promotions,
Reinstatements and New Entrants)

The issue involves the delays due to inadequate logistics for validation of documents by the Audit Service which had come from the districts to enable payments by the
CAGO. To date, two (2) out of ten (10) regions have been validated.

IV.        Annual Salary Incremental Credits

The delay in the payments of the 2011 and 2012 incremental credit is the issue at stake. Even though that of 2013 was paid, negotiations for the payment of 2011 and
2012 have been outstanding.

5.0       METHODOLOGY

The Working Group had four (4) sittings for four (4) days and deliberated on the four (4) issues as raised by the Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAG RAT and CCT). The Group requested MOEjGES, MOF, Audit Service and CAGO to submit detailed information on the various issues. These were thoroughly discussed to come out with the required Roadmap as directed.

 

6.0        ROAD MAP

 

SIN THE ISSUE AMOUNT (GHC) NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES ACTION REQUIRED TIMEFRAME RESPONSIBILITY
Payment of vehicle
maintenance a) Request for release of 3rd-7th
allowance (2013- funds. b) Initiate the request November,
1 2014) 2,612,448.00 5,933 on the GIFMIS platform. 2014 MOE/GES
10th-14th
November,
c) Prepare release letter 2014 MOF
17th-18th
November,
d) Raise and Approve invoice 2014 MOE/GES
e) Transfer offunds to GES 19th-21st
sub consolidated fund November,
account 2014 CAGD
Payment of a) Request for release of 3rd-7th
Transfer Grants funds. b) Initiate the request November,
2 (2010-2014) 1,929,111.10 1,537 on the GIFMIS platform. 2014 MOE/GES
10th-14th
November,
c) Prepare release letter 2014 MOF
17th-18th
November,
d) Raise and Approve invoice 2014 MOE/GES
e) Transfer of funds to G ES 19th-21st
sub consolidated fund November,
account 2014 CAGD
Payment of not total estimate 4th November,
more than 3 GHC83,560,OBO.5 a) Validate input from eight 2014-4th
3 months arrears 4 14,743 (8) regions April,2015 AUDIT SERVICE
4th November,
b) Send feedback to GES on 2014-4th
non-validated input forms April,2015 AUDIT SERVICE/MOF
c) Re-examine non-validated 4th November,
input forms and re-submit to 2014-4th
MOF/AUDIT SERVICE April,2015 MOE/GES
4th November,
d) Validate re-submitted 2014 – 4th
claims June,2015 AUDIT SERVICE
e) Issue certificate for
payment, release letter and
payment processes will be 4th November,
done as and when each batch 2014 – 4th AUDIT
of validation is completed June, 2015 SERVICE/MOF /CAG D
Payment of
incremental credit
arrears for 2011
4 and 2012 110,270,000.00 UNRESOLVED

7.0       CONCLUSION

The Working Group appreciates the confidence reposed in us to serve the nation.

 

Kindly leave your comments. Thank you

 

 

November 6, 2014

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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