3 teacher unions call off two-week-old strike amid court injunction

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Three pre-tertiary teacher unions in the country following a court injunction secured by the National Labour Commission (NLC) to halt their industrial action have called off their nationwide strike action which lasted for 2 weeks.

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Citing poor condition of service, government school teachers declared mid-March this year nationwide strike action to register their displeasure over the central government’s delay in addressing their work conditions of service.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 20, the unions stated that their intent to embark on the industrial action stems from the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service’s delay in addressing their conditions of service.

“The new Collective Agreement stands un-negotiated and we raised this concern in our letter to the Director General GES, dated February 29th, 2024 and also informed the National Labour Commission,” they said in the statement.

In a statement to the media in Accra on Tuesday, King Ali Awudu, President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, stressed the necessity for their employers to promptly engage in negotiations to address their concerns.

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“As law-abiding citizens and having respect for the court, we hereby declare the strike that was called on 20th March 2024 off. We ask all our members and teachers of pre-tertiary education in this country to resume work with immediate effect

We continue to ask the employer-led by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to commence negotiations this afternoon, today April 2 2024. So we can expedite the negotiations and come to a conclusion to forestall any other happenings in the future,” he said.

The teachers unions namely, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT-Gh) have urged members to act accordingly.

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