Teachers reject 4% salary increase; issue an ultimatum to gov’t to reverse it

The four main unions in education, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) have joined forces to fight for better remuneration for its members.

The first time the four main unions in education coming together as a strong force.

The four unions from education have issued an ultimatum to the government to reverse its decision to pay four percent as an increment in the salary base pay for 2021 which will take effect from July 1, 2021 without payment of arrears.

There have been series of negotiations between the teacher unions, joint salary negotiation committee, Ministry of Employment and representative from the Finance Ministry representing the government.

The government has expressed the firm position on 4% salary increment for all public sector workers which is set to take effect from July 1, 2021.

The teacher unions argued that the 4% salary increment cannot pay for the price hikes in goods and services, adding that government cannot paying workers 4% whilst prices of commodities, transportation, fuel and taxes which have increased the daily expenses of teachers and public sector workers.

”How do the government expect the teachers and the public sector workers to cope with the high cost of living in the country?

“Workers use public transport to work and those with vehicles buy fuel in their vehicles, any increase in fuel and prices of goods and services directly affect the expenses of workers,” they said.