NAGRAT threatens to go on strike over salary arrears, deductions

NAGRAT threatens to go on strike over salary arrears, deductions

- NAGRAT has hinted a strike action over a compulsory GHC 10 deduction from salaries of members as insurance

- Three teacher unions have threatened to withdraw their services from the beginning of the next academic year for deductions made from their salaries under a supposedly unsolicited insurance policy

- The three unions said although most of the teachers had objected to the deductions, the GES had ignored their concerns with impunity

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has threatened to embark on a strike if their welfare concerns are not addressed.

The Association said its members will withdraw their services from the start of the next academic year in September 2019 if their concerns are not resolved by the end of August.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra, President of NAGRAT, Eric Agbe-Carbonu, said its members are not getting the best treatment.

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He pointed to the non-payment of salary arrears to teachers, delays in promotions and appointment of non-Ghana Education Service (GES) personnel to management positions at the GES, as some of their concerns.

He said an insurance policy has also been imposed on teachers, which they want removed.

He disclosed that many teachers were yet to receive payments for a backlog of arrears owed them.

According to him, the government has reneged on its promise to ensure that all arrears were cleared by March.

"I cannot quote a figure regarding exactly how much is owed because even some teachers who were recently recruited also have arrears to be paid to them,” he said.

The NAGRAT President said most of its members are anxious to know when they will receive their salaries.

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Carbonu also lamented the delay in promoting teachers, some of whom he said have been due for promotion since 2015.

He said although some teachers were successful at promotion interviews, they were still yet to be issued with letters by the GES.

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