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General News of Wednesday, 4 April 2018


National Association of Graduate Teachers declares indefinite strike action

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has declared an indefinite strike action beginning from today, Tuesday, April 4.

NAGRAT’s action follows the continuous refusal of government to pay arrears owed teachers.

The President of the Association, Eric Angel Carbonu, who declared the strike at a press conference in Accra, expressed frustrations at the deliberate actions and inactions of government regarding salary arrears owed Ghanaian Teacher since 2013.

The arrears are in respect of salary adjustments, up-grading, and promotions as well as outstanding Transfer Grants.

According to him, no convincing reasons have been given by government for the non-payments.

Mr Carbonu said this government’s promise of paying all the arrears when it took office in 2017 has remained just that, “little did we know that even the inclusion of it in the 2017 budget was only a red herring since not even a pesewa was paid to any teacher.”

The teachers regret that in spite of the litany of promises and numerous validation exercises and agreements signed, none has yielded any positive results to the benefit of the teacher.

“Instead, what we see are orchestrations, tactics, and manipulations employed by the ministry of finance and the government for that matter to drag its feet and possibly refuse to pay the arrears at all,” Mr Carbonu noted.

For him, the teachers have done all that is required of them to get their monies released but at every twist and turn, they hit the wall.

They have therefore decided to embark on the strike and “all NAGRAT members at the pre-tertiary level should lay down their tools and abstain from work.