Teachers’ Strike: Outstanding Issues for Negotiation

As negotiations continue on April 4th, 2024, the unions have put forward six outstanding demands...
As negotiations continue on April 4th, 2024, the unions have put forward six outstanding demands...

The industrial action that began on March 20, 2024, which saw the three teacher unions go on strike was finally called off on April 2, 2024.

Reasons for Calling Off the Strike

The strike was called off due to a court injunction obtained by the National Labour Commission against the three teacher unions.

The injunction prohibited the unions from continuing their strike action.

SEE ALSO: Teacher Unions Call Off Strike, Return to Negotiation Table

According to Fair labour practice, the unions cannot be on strike while engaged in negotiations with the government.

As such, the decision was made to call off the strike and resume negotiations.

Agreed Upon Items

Out of the nine items that were initially tabled, three have already been agreed upon.

These include the distribution of one laptop per teacher by the end of June 2024 and the provision of a draft scheme of service by the end of April 2024 for the unions’ review.

SEE ALSO: High Court orders Teacher Unions to call off strike

Additionally, a one-month deadline has been set to resolve the issue of blocked salaries for teachers investigated by the Special Prosecutor.

Outstanding Issues for Negotiation

The unions have identified six remaining issues to be negotiated on April 4, 2024, at 2:00 PM.

SEE ALSO: FWSC Invites Teacher Unions to Conclude Negotiations

These issues include:

  • The demand for an increase in the Teachers Professional Allowance to Gh¢3000.
  • A request for a 20% allowance as base pay for teachers working in deprived areas.
  • An increase in base pay allowances for housing/rent, transport/commuting, utility subsidy, and teaching/assessment.

SEE ALSO: GES Ranks For Teachers And Their Corresponding Salaries

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