Employment Minister talks tough against teacher unions

Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu: "They must respect the sanity for the educational environment particularly for young children".
Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu: “They must respect the sanity for the educational environment particularly for young children”.

Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrisu has assured the various teacher unions that government remains very committed to its roadmap in settling their concerns.

This follows a threat by the unions to embark on strike over unpaid salaries.

The Employment Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for Tamale South Constituency, called on the unions to grant government some time to probe the matter, which has been placed before them, further.

Speaking on TV3’s News 360 on Thursday, February 18, Mr Iddrisu said already government has honoured its obligations in respect of the transfer grants, cars, motorbikes and other allowances teachers requested.

“The difficulty has to do with validation and a policy decision of government to tighten payroll control and fight payroll fraud,” he told TV3’s Daniel Opoku.

“We need the Auditor General to validate any data that is submitted to us as government,” he added.

He without the validation the Controller and Accountant General’s Department and the Ministry of Finance cannot go ahead to approve payments.

“There must be basis for the payments and out of 14,000 we have indeed paid 6,000 and there have been problems with about 4,000 within the 8,000 that are still being validated and it’s just a matter of time.

“They must respect the sanity for the educational environment particularly for young children who are growing up and keep the industrial peace and harmony of that particular area and continue to dialogue further with government.”

Source: tv3network

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