Teachers from three teacher unions, National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT, Ghana National Association of Teachers GNAT and Coalition of Concerned Teachers – Ghana CCT-Gh, are on strike due to unpaid arrears from 2012-2016.
The teachers were invited to meet with the flagbearer of the NDC to discuss the issue but in a letter dated 5th December, the teachers refused to meet the former president John Mahama under whose regime the arrears accrued.
During his administration, Mr. Mahama decided to pay only 3 months of the arrears irrespective of the number of months served by the teachers, a move which angered them.
Since the current government took over, it promised to pay all arrears to teachers and have settled 85,000 out of the 120,000 teachers owed. The strike action is to pressure government to pay out that of the remaining 35,000 teachers.
In the letter, the teachers union cited the ongoing strike action as the reason for refusing to meet the flagbearer of the NDC and would consider a future meeting after the ‘dust settles’.