Teachers Coalition In Western Region Fail Tto Strike

The expected strike by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers ( CCT) nationwide beginning Thursday May 12, failed to take place in the Western Region.

Teachers in some parts of Sekondi, Takoradi, Shama, Daboase , Bibiani , Sefwi -Wiawso and other parts of the region were seen on Friday in schools working.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency ( GNA) to some of the schools in the Sekondi- Takoradi Metropolis saw teachers busily teaching and going about their regular duties.

The Western Regional Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Teachers ( GNAT ) , Mr Kwesi Agyemang Antwi told the GNA in an interview that the teachers were not bound by any law to embark on the said strike action.

He said the CCT was not a recognized body hence the teachers did not heed to its call to lay down their tools.

Mr Antwi said it was unlawful according to the labour law to embark on strike action when negotiation was still ongoing and called on the CCT to join hands with the Ghana National Association of Teachers ( GNAT ) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers ( NAGRAT) to negotiate for a better service condition.

Mr Antwi indicated that negotiation for better service condition required united front from all teachers and urged the CCT to be patient with the government and other stakeholders on the negotiation process. Some teachers , who spoke with the GNA, said they had no idea of the strike action.

Meanwhile, the Western Regional Chairman of the CCT, Mr Patrick Dzebu said the members in an emergency meeting on Friday May 13 agreed to join their colleagues in other regions who have started the strike on Monday May 16.

He said their members were not informed earlier after the CCT conference in Kumasi and Koforidua , thus accounting for their failure to join the strike on Thursday.

The Coalition of Concerned Teachers embarked on an indefinite strike last February to register their dissatisfaction against their placements on the Single Spine Salary Structure.

However, the CCT ‘ s decision to embark on this latest strike action was taken after an emergency meeting in Kumasi on Tuesday which discussed what they said government ‘ s refusal to act in accordance with the agreement reached earlier this year on the problems relating to the new pay policy.

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