E/R NAGRAT serves notice to strike over COLA

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The President of the Eastern Regional Chapter for the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Godwin Awoonor-Yevu, has served notice any strike action from them that has the tendency to affect WASSCE candidates should not be seen as insensitive.

At a press conference in Koforidua, he said economic conditions have deteriorated hence the 20 percent allowance must be paid by government.

“It is trite knowledge that cost of living in Ghana today is rising with the speed of light which has continued to affect the livelihood of our members sacrificing to build this nation,” he said.

He added: “Prices of fuel, goods and services continue to rise, introduction of news taxes had worsened the already bad situation yet salaries remain same. Between January and now, fuel prices have increased by over 50 percent. The teacher is virtually living on life support.”

The regional NAGRAT chairman says government’s failure to respond to their leadership request after several appeal is insensitive.

“The TUC General Secretary made a passionate appeal to the President on May Day. Prior to this request, the Secretary General in 2021 November had made similar request. Again on 7th June, the Vice President of NAGRAT, Jacob Anaba, requested government as a matter of urgency to grant workers COLA at least 20 percent. Sadly, government has shown great insensitivity to our plight.”

Mr Awoonor-Yevu says they can no longer bear the pain.

“We have to put wits end, we can go longer bear the pain. We therefore demand of our national leadership that, if at the end of June, 2022 our call for COLA is not heeded to, they have no option than to pay heed to clarion call of our members to lay down our tools.”

By Yvonne Neequaye|3news.com|Ghana

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