It has been over a week now the four teacher Unions declared an indefinite strike action over cost of living allowances.
The unions haven't yet change their position on the demand and are set to meet government representatives today to see the way forward.
Interesting report coming from the quarters of the teachers indicates that apart from the cost of living allowances they are demanding to cushion them in the face of the high cost of living currently in the country, they also indeed want salary reforms.
As a result, a group of teachers have drafted the new salary proposal that the union leaders are expected to present of all teachers.
The teachers have proposed 13 allowances for New Salary Negotiations:
According to the new proposal the teachers want each allowance to reflect as a separate item on the pay slip and not consolidated as on their payslip currently. The details is as follows:
Firstly, the teachers want Inconvenience allowance to be paid them. This allowance will cater for:
– taking children out for co-curricular activities
– poor ventilation of classrooms.
– the task of maintaining order and class control.
The teachers noted that their work comes with several risks. Some include
– health risks of dust from chalk particles
– health risks of continuous talking and standing with its effect on the lungs and waist respectively.
– weak classroom blocks
3. Other allowances includes
4. Transportation allowance
5. Clothing allowance
6. Marking allowance
7. Credit facility at a reduced rate possible can be negotiated for teachers, it’s done at other sectors, eg, audit service] to purchase a house or means of transportation.
8. Class size allowance
9. Extra duty allowance
10. Child support [scholarship for up to 3 children]
The teachers want an LI (Legislative Instrument) that at the end of every academic year, every teacher in any public pre-tertiary institution of Ghana shall be paid an amount equivalent to 50% of his or her total annual salary or 10% of his or her total salary for the number of years he or she has served as a teacher without breaking service.
12. Entertainment allowance. To release stress we need to go out with family and friends.
13. Utility allowance
With the current economic challenges as stated by government, it is hopeful that the will reach a common agreement that will motivate the teachers to give their best.
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