NAGRAT Strike: Both govt’s have not been fair to teachers – Nitiwul

Dominic Nitiwul

Deputy Minority leader of parliament, Dominic Nitiwul has blamed governments over the years, for being reckless in handling issues concerning teachers’ salaries and working conditions.

Nitiwul who started his working life as a teacher before becoming a member of parliament said he has witnessed governments, both NPP and NDC, relegate teachers to the background and “treat them like they don’t matter in the scheme of things” when it came to ensuring they are properly compensated for their efforts.

“Governments over the years have not been fair to the poor teacher and this very one makes it all worse with their approach to things,” he said on State of Affairs hosted by Nana Aba Anamoah on GhOneTV.

NAGRAT on Monday announced they would embark on strike come February 29.

The strike is to force government’s hand to fulfil the conditions of a collective agreement, entered in September 30, 2015, stating teacher’s allowances withheld from 2013 to date, were long due for payment.

But in the notice which was served to the Ministry of Education and copied to the Finance and Employment Ministries, the teachers expressed disappointment in the government for defaulting an MoU stating their monies would be paid by October and further notice served them that the government had released GH¢4.5 million for the payment of various categories of allowances for the staff as requested in the 2015 negotiations.

According to NAGRAT president Christian Addai Poku, the government only made false public proclamations regarding the cash release.

The payment which was announced was to be effected Friday, October 2, 2015 to cover the package which includes car maintenance allowance and transfer grants.

However in his submission on State of Affairs Monday evening, the Member of Parliament for Bimbilla said “lies” were to be expected from a government that has a lackadaisical attitude towards serious issues.

“The President himself has said it, he doesn’t care about anything, so he wouldn’t mind,” in this situation.

Meanwhile the National organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams who was also on the show said it would be unfair government’s efforts in making sure workers are comfortable.

“We have a system filled with ghost names. So all the auditor general’s department is doing is to clean the system in order to ensure they do not pay people who don’t exist.


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