Teacher unions stage a walkout after they were asked to suspend strike before negotiations
Leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Graduate Association of Teachers (NAGRAT) have walked out of the negotiation with the government over their demand for Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The teacher unions accused the government of betrayal of trust for asking them to call off their strike before the negotiations.
However, the representatives of the teacher unions described the call as unfortunate.
“By indicating and asking us to call off our strike before negotiations begin, what it means is that the government side is not ready to continue negotiations unless the teacher unions call off the strike. They have held all organised labour hostage, this is a betrayal of trust.
“Right now since we are undesirable, before they even walk us out of the meeting, we are walking out of the meeting ourselves,” NAGRAT President, Angel Carbonu said.
On his part, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wereko-Brobbey said the negotiations could not go on until the teachers have called off the strike.
“We have had to adjourn the meeting because both parties; labour and government think that we cannot do this while a party is on strike, so the agreement is that we are going off to talk to each other. They call off the strike and we come again to meet,” he stated.