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NAGRAT threatens strike over unpaid allowances

The National Association of Graduate Teachers’ (NAGRAT) Greater Accra Regional Secretariat has given notice that it will cease operations if the government does not pay 20 percent of its wages as a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

According to the Association, the rising cost of living has made life intolerable for its members, which is why it is requesting assistance from the government.

 

NAGRAT’s Greater Accra chapter is the tenth regional secretariat to threaten a strike over COLA, following the other nine.

NAGRAT threatens strike over unpaid allowances

Henry Teitey Tetteh Afi, chairman of the regional chapter, stated that the organization anticipates hearing back favorably from the government and its mother union before the month of June is out.

“The pain and suffering as a result of this severe economic hardship is simply unbearable at this time. It has gotten to our necks. Teachers have sacrificed so much for this nation yet we retire into misery and undignified death. This state of affairs should not be allowed to continue.

“…if at the end of June 2022, our call for COLA is not heeded they [government] will be left with no other option than to pay heed to the clarion call of our members to lay down our tools,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ghana National Association of Teachers has also been addressing a news conference at Cape Coast concurrently.

The Central Regional branch of the Association said it should not be blamed for any action it takes over the failure of the government to pay teachers their cost-of-living allowance by the end of June.

Regional Chairman of the Association, Benjamin Wilberforce Eshun has been speaking to the media.

“While standing by the demand for the 20 percent COLA to cushion our members. We are also by this statement reminding our leadership of our resolve to advice ourselves if the June 22 deadline they proposed payment of the COLA is not heeded to by the government,” he stated.

The national leadership of the Association in a press conference on Tuesday, June 7 said its members can no longer survive under the current excruciating living conditions in the country.

Vice President of NAGRAT, Jacob Anaba instructed all Regional, National and Zonal secretariats to hoist red flags in front of their offices.

He insisted that leadership will declare a strike by the end of July 2022 if the government fails to meet their demands.

“Therefore, we are by this conference serving notice to those who matter that their attitude towards the call by the Union to grant COLA to the suffering Ghanaian worker is leaving us with no alternative than to respond to the incessant demand of our members,” he said.

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