Exclusive COLA Strike Update: Outcome of Meeting with NLC and Ministry of Employment

Exclusive COLA Strike Update: Outcome of Meeting with NLC and Ministry of Employment

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The Ministry of Employment together with the National Labor Commission (NLC) on 6th July 2022 met with the various teacher unions to iron things out concerning the indefinite nationwide strike action declared by the unions over the non-payment of Cost of Living Allowances (COLA).

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Information shared by GNAT Secretary Thomas Musah sighted by educandghana, shows that the government of Ghana was represented by the ministers of employment and that of education and supported by the minister of employment, Chief Executive Officer of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) among others.

At the meeting Government tables a proposal for the unions to return to work while negotiations continue. Teacher unions disagree with Government.

Teacher unions then ask Government to come up with a white paper assuring them of payment of 20% COLA by end of June.

Government disagrees citing the economic conditions makes it impossible to pay the striking unions 20% COLA by end of June.

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TEACHER UNIONS ask Government representatives to get back to consultation with the ministry of finance before another engagement is held. But insisted that they, the Teacher Unions wouldn’t accept anything below 20%.

According to information shared by the various teacher unions, the government brought nothing to the negotiation table but to plead. The plea was however rejected by the labour unions. Therefore, the government is to go and come again with better negotiation skills.

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