The Coalition of Concerned Teachers – Ghana (CCT-Ghana) has hinted that members of the association will be embarking on industrial strike begining next month, July, if government fails to pay them their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
This was disclosed in an exclusive interview with CCT-GHANA Northern Regional Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Nuhu Jingli on radio Tamale yesterday’s evening, June 21.
According to him, prices of so many things in the country have increased astronomically, yet their salaries are not being increased or allowances paid.
He was convinced that this is affecting members of the association including teachers across the country, adding that government should take steps to quickly solve this before it is too late.
He said the association arrived at this point because all attempts in the past to draw government’s attention to their plight proved futal, indicating that the government is not concerned with what they go through.
When asked, if they were not motivated by politicians to make the New Patriotic Party NPP government unpopular, he answered, “No! We have Members of the association who are diehard supporters of the government. And I don’t think they will want to just tarnish the image of the government for nothing.”
“Why is that anytime teachers are to speak against or for their welfare, some people want to read political meanings into it? Our MPs are even more political than any organisation increase their salaries and take allowance, why are we not hearing that they are being pushed to fight the government?”, he asked.
The CCT Ghana wrote a letter to Minister, Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations on the 29th November 2021 demanding for a cola for public sector workers (Ref: CCT/GH/Hq/PRESS/11/21). This letter was followed by another letter to the same Ministry by FORUM of which CCT Ghana is a member. (Ref: BA/7/FS.2/VOL.4) demanding cola
A letter of reminder was also written by CCT GHANA on 9th June, 2022 with REF: no. CCT/GH/Hq/PRESS/6/22. to same Minister, Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations.
The deafening silence on issue the COLA on the part of government is too loud to be desired upon writing letters and reminders to the government.
Barely an hour ago, Tamale based Justice FM reported on its Facebook page, attributing it the association’s Northern Regional Chairman, Abdulai Seidu Gong, with a caption, “Rising cost of living: NAGRAT threatens to strike on July 5 if government does not pay its members ‘Cost of Living Allowance’ (COLA) this month.”