The Coalition of Concerned Teachers has vowed not to lay down their tools until a paramount consensus is made and agreed on with the government.
According to the Deputy Director of Communications of the CCT, Frank Gyekye, while speaking to Kwame Koranteng on Republic FM said, monies that they were used to be paid has devalued since inflation keeps skyrocketing hence the need for the Government to adjust their salary to complement the current economic situation.
The teacher unions in the country are demanding that government compensate teachers with Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Explaining the idea behind the Cost of Living Allowance, Frank Gyekye argued that this is not the first time they are talking about such demand or the Cost of Living Allowance.
In the erstwhile John Mahama administration, workers were given Cost of Living Allowance of 10% at the time inflation had risen at a higher rate.
The CCT is establishing that it is this same trend they are calling on the government and the President to also compensate them as fuel price increment has affected almost every single commodity on the market, according to the CCT deputy communications director.
The group says it has never come out to demand any Cost of Living Allowance until it begun talks with the government in February. It says its initial negotiations with the government in 2021 did not go down well with the workers considering the given 4% and 7% respectively.
The Coalition staged a press conference in November 2021 and subsequently wrote a letter to the Employment tribunal and Labour relations ministry stating how hardship has submerged the country and demanded the Cost of Living Allowance afterwards till a different salary negotiation is initiated in the beginning of another year.
The group says it only activates the Cost of Living Allowance as when the country’s economy becomes increasingly difficult. The group demands the COLA based on initial negotiations, inflation.
The CCT further said the initial negotiations about salaries, what was given them and then inflation at that time comparing to today’s inflation of 27.6% has eroded and devalued.
According to the CCT, the government has remained adamant and refused to respond to its series letters sent to the Presidency concerning their desire to embark on an indefinite strike if it fails to listen to their plight.
The union however said, it does not have any negotiation with the National Labour Commission because it believes the NLC was aware of their series of Press Conferences and if it did not hear about it then there should be no need for the NLC to direct them to call off the strike.
According to Mr. Gyekye, the teacher Union will not call off the strike until they reach a reasonable consensus with the government.
“Upon all our press conferences to the Govt, we are very much aware the NLC heard us but if it did not, then they have no moral right to hear about our strike because we never wrote them a letter to embark on a strike but if they have written a letter to us, it means they heard our press conferences. Why didn’t they write letter to the Govt to engage us? We are not calling off this strike until we meet the Govt and hear something reasonable from the Govt, we will not call it off”, he told Kwame Koranteng.
However, the CCT says it will meet with the government tomorrow and negotiate business.