National Labour Commission threatens to suspend salaries of striking labour unions

  • The National Labour Commission has warned, it will advise government to suspend salaries of worker of labour unions, including the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), should they strike again.
  • The executive secretary of the Commission, Ofosu Asamoah held the strike declared by NAGRAT was in bad faith, indicating that if the teacher union flouts the labour going forward it will he will push for a suspension of their salaries. Government in January 2018 agreed to begin paying the salary arrears, as well as transfer grants, transport and travel allowances and vehicle allowance by March 30, 2018 but failed to effect payment on the due date. NAGRAT consequently forced to declare strike on April 4, 2018, following government’s failure to honour an agreed roadmap. READ: NAGRAT declares indefinite strike over unpaid arrears But President of NAGRAT Angel Carbonu  on April 9 announced the suspension of the strike following fresh agreement  reached with the government, which he said the teachers were “satisfied” with. [caption id="attachment_81287" align="aligncenter" width="879"] Mr. Asamoah[/caption] Reacting to the issue, Mr. Asamoah said though NAGRAT has suspended the strike, the intention was unfair.”That strike was not declared in good faith at all. I thank God that it did not last beyond five days because the government or the ministry delivered on its word. I hope it doesn’t happen again. “If they’ve declare a strike and the strike is illegal you shouldn’t be paid within the period which you stayed home. That is what the government should do, yes, we will advise,” he warned. Government has already released 40 million cedis to pay them while the rest will be paid by May 6. Meanwhile, some experts have also accused the leadership of NAGRAT for suspending the strike instead of a call off. But Mr. Carbonu is of the view that the suspension is in the right direction and commended the government for its commitment to settle the arrears. Meanwhile, the NLC has pleaded with labour unions to always call off their strike instead of suspending it.
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