Teachers to smile to bank as gov’t begins arrears payment

The parties signing the new agreement
Government  has released GHC1.5 million to pay for the 2012 salary arrears, transfer grants and other allowances of teachers.

A technical committee  has also been constituted to validate the 2013-2014 salary arrears of newly recruited teachers  and submit a report by Monday, February 29.

The latest development brings to a close the threat issued by the teachers to strike at the end of February should the government failed to pay the arrears which has become a longstanding issue between them and the government

The government and the aggrieved teacher from the three unions signed the agreement Wednesday after a three hour meeting between the leadership of the teachers and the government.

“The government will with immediate effect release an amount GHC1.5 Million to GES for  payment in respect of 2012 arrears, transfer grants and other allowances. That we are assured by Hon. Atto Forson, is now being processed by Controller,” Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, announced.

The agreement, which also tasked the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to process supplementary payment for teachers who have been already validated, nullifies the previous payment agreement

“Depending on the report on the validation exercise, the teacher unions will review their intended industrial action accordingly to which they had served notice to government and to the National Labour Commission,” Mr Iddrisu said.

“With this negotiation ongoing, the teacher union are to keep the peace on the teachers labour front,” he added

Meanwhile the General Secretary of GNAT who doubled as the spokesperson for the teachers, David Ofori Acheampong lauded the latest move by the government to get them paid their arrears and assured the teachers will ensure that academic activities are not disrupted.

“We teacher unions believe in the sanctity of the school environment and will therefore not do anything to disrupt  academic work. we believe that this agreement we have reached here today, will bring to closure the issues that we raised in our letter of notice to the Labour Commission,” he said.

“We trust that by Monday as stipulated, we would have worked so hard on the agreement to get our 2013-214 salary arrears validated,” he added.

Source: tv3network.com

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