Fair Wages to meet teacher unions over payment of cost of living allowance

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The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission will shortly convene all parties to decide whether teachers’ 20% COLA will be paid.

NAGRAT and other teacher unions gave the government until June 30 to pay or risk strike measures.

According to NAGRAT, the economic downturn has hurt teachers, hence they want allowances.

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission insists that all parties must agree on a final payment.

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“It’s reasonable that stakeholders may request the payment of COLA or any other allowance, but we must sit down with organized labor, the government, and all other parties to decide whether COLA will be paid. We haven’t negotiated 2023 basic salary for the budget.

The minimal daily pay hasn’t been determined, said Commission Head of Public Affairs Earl Ankrah.

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Jacob Anaba, vice president of NAGRAT, said the ultimatum is due to the economy, teachers’ hardship, and the government’s refusal to compromise.

The president remarked, “We (government) know how to revive the economy. We don’t know how to revive folks. What’s different? Your employees are dying, Mr. President; please prioritize them above the economy. The worker can’t afford it.”

If their demands aren’t satisfied, NAGRAT may take industrial action.

“We demand that the government offer employees a 20% COLA by June 2022.

If all requirements aren’t met by July 2022, leadership will announce a strike. Leadership concedes to members’ desire for meaningful action, starting with wearing red bands by June 2022 if demands aren’t realized”, he said.

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