Gov’t makes second attempt to avert teachers’ strike

The Government will this morning make a second attempt at getting a huge number of the country’s teachers to back down on their resolve to strike over a three-year unpaid allowances.

An emergency meeting between the aggrieved teachers from the various teacher unions and the government on Monday ended inconclusively. The government has asked the teachers to provide it with details of their demands.

The teachers are demanding the payment of their incremental credit and the outstanding allowances spanning 2012-2015. An amount of GHC100 million is what reportedly due the teachers.

They have threatened to strike at the end of February should government fail to settle the outstanding allowances as that could be the only way to get their monies.

At Monday’s closed-door meeting, which spanned two hours, government pleaded with the teachers to apprise it of the issues with regard to their demands as both the government and the teachers could not agree on the number of teachers to be paid.

Currently, the teachers are claiming that documents of about 4,000 out 12, 000 teachers have been validated awaiting payment but the government says a total of 14,000 teachers are yet to be validated for payment.

Earlier Monday, leadership of the teachers held a crunch meeting to strategise ahead of their intended strike.


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