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Teacher Unions to meet over the Silence of the 2021 Budget Statement on Salary Increment

9Teacher Unions to meet over the Silence of the 2021 Budget Statement on Salary Increment

The three teacher Unions Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concern Teachers(CCT) in collective agreement went to the negotiation table with the Joint Salary Negotiation Committee(JSNC) over the new base pay for teachers and other conditions of service. 

Teachers were expecting to hear the percentage agreed by government to cushion their salary and other conditions of service. The budget statement that was read by the Majority leader and member of Parliament for Suame Constituency in Kumasi, Honorable Osei Kyei Mensah on behalf of the President was silent on salary increment for public sector workers including teachers. 

The budget statement mentioned increment in fuel prices and other taxes but nothing was said on public sector workers salary and the new minimum wage for 2021. 

There have been increased in transportation for about three to four times in the year 2020 whiles teachers and other public sector workers salaries remained unchanged. 

The cost of living in the year 2020 is not the same as the cost of living in 2021. Public sector workers as well as teachers were expecting some amount of percentage on their salaries to adjust to the current living cost of the country. 

Teachers have called on their union leaders to meet and decide on the way forward. 

There is likely to be strike actions in the country over salary increment among public sector workers if the government remains silent on salary increment. 

To avoid Labour unrest, the government should engage the Labour Unions on Salary increment. 

By Nedved 

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Coalition GNAT Labour Unions National Association of Graduate Teachers( Osei Kyei Mensah


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