Teacher Unions issue one-week ultimatum to government over service conditions


The leadership of the three primary teacher unions in the Greater Accra Region has set a deadline for the government to address their conditions of service by May 13, 2024.


Comprising the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), these unions voiced dissatisfaction with the government’s negotiation strategy regarding issues such as deprived area allowances and adjustments to continuous development allowances.


Peter Boateng, the Regional Secretary of GNAT, emphasized the escalating tensions within the labor sector and urged the government to take swift action to prevent disruptions.


Boateng stated, “Our priority must be set, and we are hoping that the government will heed and approve what our leadership has been demanding.” He highlighted the significant taxes deducted from teachers’ salaries and urged the government to utilize these revenues to meet their demands.


He further explained that while initially demanding seventeen different allowances, they had reduced their requests to four due to economic constraints. Boateng asserted that the teachers’ demands were justified given the current economic hardships faced by workers in the country.


The three pre-tertiary teacher unions had previously expressed disappointment on April 15 regarding the government’s negotiation approach concerning their working conditions.

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