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General News of Thursday, 17 July 2014


CCT draws inspiration from POTAG’s ruling – threatens strike

Teaching body, the Coalition of Concerned Teachers is threatening to embark on a strike action in the coming weeks.

The coalition with their counterparts from the national association of graduate teachers (NAGRAT) embarked on a series of industrial actions some two months ago.

The teachers were protesting among other things, arrears in their allowances and bottlenecks with their pension payments. Government however gave some assurances at the instance of the National Labor Commission.

The promises however have not been honored.

Communications Director for CCT, KING ALI ALIDU, tells Ultimate Radio they are inspired by the ruling that legitimized the strike action of the polytechnic lecturers.

“The NLC has been hiding behind some laws to deprive Ghanaians of their constitutional right to protest through strikes. We want them to take a cue from what happened with POTAG,” he exuded.

He indicated that CCT is lacing its boots to do same to get their demands met.

Below is a press release the coalition has released to this effect.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Persons: 020 896 7598, 050 131 8258, and 020 500 8087 PRESS RELEASE

The Coalition of Concerned Teachers – Ghana (CCT-Gh) strongly congratulates the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) for winning their case against the National Labor Commission (NLC) in court.

This is a test case and it has proven that not all strikes are illegal as always pronounced by the NLC. Today we have known that NLC just hide behind the law and assist government to delay labor issues and prevent workers in this country from exercising their constitutional right to better conditions of service.

The CCT takes clue from this development and henceforth shall adopt similar strategies to press home its demands. We wish to state emphatically that the CCT is not happy about recent developments at the NLC where issues brought before it is deliberately delayed. Teachers in this country deserv0065 better.

We praise the court for delivering justice without fear or favor. We hereby ask the NLC to learn from the court and also do same in terms of its ruling without fear or favor. Teachers demand justice from the NLC.

This is also a lesson for government to be proactive in dealing with labor issues especially those of teachers. The CCT hereby draws the attention of government to the numerous concerns brought before it and ask that expedited action be taken or see teachers withdraw their services in the next few weeks.

Thank You. Signed

King Ali Awudu Communication Director, CCT-GH (020 896 7598) cc. All media houses

15/07/ 2014