Teachers Serve Strike Notice

COALITION OF Concerned Teachers (CCT),
made up of about 32,000 teachers across
Ghana have threatened to embark on
industrial action over several key issues that
are hampering their work, including
government’s failure to provide them chalks
and notebooks for teaching.

The aggrieved teachers have consequently
given the government a 10-day ultimatum to
quickly address their concerns in order to
prevent them from laying down their tools
latest by November 12, 2012.

In a release to the press, authored by
General Secretary of the CCT D.R. Boakye,
he lamented over the present situation of
teachers having their salaries for October
2012 slashed down at an astonishing level.

“Indeed, teachers all over the country were
expecting a reduction in salaries in the
month of October due to completion of
payment of salary arrears in September.
“However, a situation where some teachers’
salaries have been slashed down by an
amount greater than the usual salary arrears
is very unfortunate and untenable,” he
noted.

Mr. Boakye said that majority of their
members went to the bank only to realize
that their salaries had been slashed down by
about 50 percent of their gross amount; a
situation which had heightened their plight.

He mentioned government’s refusal to
commence negotiations on Category 2 and 3
and Market Premium of teachers, non-
payment of Capitation Grant, non-issuance of
pay slips and non-placement of teachers who
have been promoted, as some of their
concerns.

He said “the CCT sees the above mentioned
issues as a deliberate attempt by government
to proceed with its grand agenda of
impoverishing teachers and the CCT takes
strong exception to this plan of government.”

Mr. Boakye noted that “we can no longer
continue to render our services to the nation
while we retire as paupers, not to talk of the
hardships our families are going through.”
As professionals, he said, they deserved the
best from the fruits of their labour, noting
“the CCT is directing heads of first and second
cycle schools to close down all public schools
in the country, effective November 12,
2012.”

He said the strike was in protest of
government’s grand agenda: “this strike is a
strike of no return until all the demands
stated above are met,” adding any teacher
that would defy the directive would be dealt
with severely.

Mampong Municipal Chairman of CCT, George
Acquaah said teachers were now being forced
to use their own monies to buy chalks to
teach, bemoaning that teachers were being
given a rough deal by the government “and
we think we have had enough so it is time
for us to strike.”

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
DailyGuideGhana.Com

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