More strike action on the cards over incremental arrears

Several labour organisations aligned to the Ghana Education Service (GES) have indicated that they would strike over incremental arrears going back over 24 months.

The strike is scheduled for Monday, October 27, and is to coincide with the industrial action already embarked on by over 12 labour unions. The unions declared an indefinite strike on October 22 to protest government’s failure to pay public sector workers their second tier pension funds into a private accounts.

Monies from workers’ monthly deductions are said to be at the Bank of Ghana for the past four years without being invested in any profitable venture.

Some of the unions on strike are the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Public and Health Service Workers Union and the Ghana Registered Nurses Association.

The rest are the Government Hospital Pharmacists Association, Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG).

The government has described the strike as illegal and appealed to the unions to come to the negotiation table for an amicable settlement.

King Alidu who spoke for the Coalition of Concerned Teachers in an interview explained that the government has not been fair to them and they believe this is the only way to show their grievances.