Teacher Unions Call Off Strike, Return to Negotiation Table

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This delay in addressing the teachers' grievances may lead to further disruptions in academic activities.
This delay in addressing the teachers' grievances may lead to further disruptions in academic activities.
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After two weeks of nationwide strike action, the three teacher unions have decided to call off their protests and return to the negotiation table.

The strike, which began on March 20, 2024, was initiated by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) in response to the government’s failure to address their concerns regarding working conditions.

The decision to end the strike comes after the National Labour Commission (NLC) obtained an interim injunction to halt the industrial action.

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This legal intervention has now paved the way for negotiations to begin between the unions and the government.

In a statement to the Press on Tuesday, King Ali Awudu, President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, emphasized the importance of engaging in timely negotiations to address the grievances of teachers.

He stated, “As law-abiding citizens and with respect for the court, we hereby declare the strike that was called on 20th March 2024 off. We ask all our members and teachers of pre-tertiary education in this country to resume work with immediate effect.”

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Awudu further urged the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to commence negotiations promptly in order to prevent any future disruptions.

“We continue to ask the employer led by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to commence negotiations this afternoon, today April 2, 2024. So we can expedite the negotiations and come to a conclusion to forestall any other happenings in the future,” he stated.

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Teachers are now expected to return to their classrooms as the negotiation process unfolds.

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