General News of Sunday, 18 May 2014

Source: citifmonline

Our strike will continue until… – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has indicated that its industrial action will continue despite meeting with the Education Ministry.

The Ministry on Friday met the striking NAGRAT members in a bid to talk them out of the strike.

According to NAGRAT, though the outcome of the meeting was quite successful, the association would have to consider the proposals by the Education Ministry before taking any concrete decision.

NAGRAT began their nationwide strike on Friday due to government’s failure to pay them the 2011/ 2012 credit arrears.

According to them, government also failed to address the discrepancies in the payment of the arrears, payment policy and the second tier pension issues of Ghana Education Service (GES) workers among others.

The Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Kabonu, in an interview with Citi News, said his outfit “will do whatever it takes to ensure that workers manage their own pension.”

Regarding the transfer of teachers, Mr. Kabonu said the GES Director has instructed the regions to supply to his office by close of next week, information about all those who have been transferred without transfer grant.”

A meeting is also to be scheduled between the various teacher unions and the Ghana Education Service to discuss the modalities of payment for affected teachers.

The national executives of NAGRAT will also be meeting next week to deliberate on the proposals given them by the Education Ministry.

Mr. Kabonu disclosed that their decision will be made known next week.