COLA strike: Govt to meet organised labour on July 12

On July 12, 2022, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations will meet with organized labor for the second time.

 

 

According to a release signed by Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the meeting will be used to discuss Organised Labour’s demand for a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

 

According to the Ministry, the July 12 meeting will be a continuation of an emergency meeting held on Friday, July 8.

 

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Employment and Labour Relations, Finance, Education, and National Security on the one hand, and Organized Labour on the other.

 

According to the statement, “the government has taken note of the demand by Organized Labour for a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in light of the current economic conditions prevailing in the country.”

 

According to the government, “it is committed to engaging Organized Labor to find a long-term solution.”

 

As a result, the Ministry requested that the striking teacher unions end their strike.

 

On Monday, July 4, 2022, four teacher unions declared an indefinite nationwide strike over demands for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

 

The unions, which include the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT), are demanding that 20 percent of their basic salary be paid to them.

 

They blamed their strike on the government’s failure to pay the COLA, which they argue could have helped to mitigate the impact of rising living costs.

 

However, after a June 30 deadline passed, the workers withdrew their services, both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Meanwhile, in the absence of striking teachers, school authorities have been forced to rely on National Service Personnel (NSP).

 

According to Kwasi Kwarteng, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, the use of NSP is part of a contingency plan put in place to mitigate the effects of the strike.

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“The contingency plan, I am aware that National Service Personnel are at post and they are assisting together with the directors of education, both at the regional and district levels, with some school management,” he said.

 

He stated that the Ministry is working to resolve the issue so that the teachers can return to their jobs.

 

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