Members of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers ( CCT) in the Eastern region have said that they will never accept the 15 percent increment in salaries since they see it as an insult to their dignity.
They have therefore advised all teachers to stay away from the classroom when public schools re – open on May 3 , as a protest against ‘ injustices’ in salary structures. “ We want to tell the president that 15percent is a big insult and we as members of Concerned Teachers want it to be deleted from our pay slips because we don ’ t need it , ” the national coordinator of the coalition , Norbert Gborgbortsi, said these when the leadership of the body addressed a press conference on developments of the Single Spine Salary Structure ( SSSS ) for teachers at Koforidua yesterday.
He said for instance , a teacher who took home a monthly salary of GH¢ 400 could not be satisfied with GH ¢60 as an increment in his salary because it was an insult.
He said what worsened matters was a comment allegedly made by a deputy Minister of Information, Baba Jamal , on Peace FM ’ s ‘ Kokrokoo ’ programme last Wednesday that teachers had kept quiet because they had got what they wanted from the government.
“We want to tell Hon Baba Jamal that we are not quiet because of the paltry 15percent his government has given to teachers ,” the Coalition of Concerned Teachers said.
Ako Forson , a member of the coalition who also addressed the press, said the group was very disappointed when leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers ( GNAT ) said GNAT did not have the right to do sector- wide bargaining but could only do centralized bargaining under the leadership of Ghana Trades Union Congress and Fair Wages and Salary Commission.
He added that GNAT was now shifting the blame to Trades Union Congress, Fair Wages and Salary Commission and so these bodies must seriously come clean on the SSSS.
According to him , GNAT , in its recent press conference, said it had proposed other allowances and would negotiate with its members . “We concerned teachers are saying that GNAT could not defend the professional allowance which has been rationalized and harmonized , so what shows that it can defend clothing, risk and rent allowances, ” he said, stressing that it was the agitations by teachers that helped to restore the retention premium.
The concerned teachers therefore expressed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of GNAT and said they would do all in their power to force the leadership out of office.
“Leaders of GNAT are our employees. We use our monies to pay them and if we are not satisfied with their services, then they should immediately leave . ”
According to the concerned teachers , they would use the Commission on Human Rights and Administration Justice ( CHRAJ ) to fight their leaders and remove them from office.
Source: Daily Guide/ Ghana