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General News of Thursday, 29 September 2011

Source: citifmonline

NAGRAT threatens strike action

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has threatened to declare a nationwide strike over delays in paying their members' salary arrears due them since 2010.

The leadership of NAGRAT say that after their members were migrated unto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS, no efforts have been made to pay these arrears.

According to NAGRAT, it appears the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has been reluctant in addressing their concerns, a situation that is frustrating its members.

The association said that the commission has given the government a September-ending deadline to effect the payments but there are no indications this deadline will be met.

Vice President for NAGRAT, Angel Kabornu told Citi News that members of the association will demand what is due them.

“The Minister of Social Welfare, Hon. Mr. E. T Mensah announced to the Public that the back pay will be paid in September, as I speak to you the September salaries have been paid but the back pay has not come. ..Now we are telling society that we are standing up to be counted.

"Anything that is deserving to us we will demand and take it. If the situation gets to a very bad state we would just resort to that or advise ourselves".