Teachers demand that govt institutes a cost of living allowance for them

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Four teacher unions have demanded that the government institutes a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all teachers in Ghana.

They said the COLA will supplement their salaries and also pull them out of the economic woods in which they find themselves, currently.

The unions are the Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-Ghana) and the Teachers & Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU).

A statement they issued on Monday Febraury 28 said “In recent times, Ghanaians have been experiencing incessant fuel increases, normally without advance notice; electricity is having its equal share of astronomical increases, while prices of foodstuffs and other consumables keep sky-rocketing, all to the detriment of a helpless and hapless citizenry.

“The Teacher Unions recognize the economic challenges facing our members (teachers), like all other public sector workers. Despite the fact that their take home pay does not really take them home, they continue to give of their best to Ghanaian children, and we salute them for that!”

Below is their full statement…

THE MINISTER
MINISTRY OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS
ACCRA

IN THE FACE OF THE RAGING ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN THE COUNTRY: TEACHER UNIONS CALL FOR COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE (COLA) FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATIONAL WORKERS

In recent times, Ghanaians have been experiencing incessant fuel increases, normally without
advance notice; electricity is having its equal share of astronomical increases, while prices of
foodstuffs and other consumables keep sky-rocketing, all to the detriment of a helpless and
hapless citizenry.

The Teacher Unions recognize the economic challenges facing our members (teachers), like
all other public sector workers. Despite the fact that their take home pay does not really take
them home, they continue to give of their best to Ghanaian children, and we salute them for that!

We go further, hereby to demand that Government institutes a Cost of Living Allowance – COLA for them, to supplement their salaries, to pull them out of the economic woods in
which they find themselves, currently.

We hope government and all who matter, would listen to us, for the good of us all!

THOMAS T. MUSAH
GENERAL SECRETARY – GNAT

ERIC AGBE-CARBONU
PRESIDENT. NAGRAT

KING ALI A WUDU
PRESIDENT. CCT-GH

MARK DANKYIRA KORANKYE,
GENERAL SECRETARY, TEWU

DATED: 24TH FEBRUARY. 2022

Cc

  1. The Minister, Ministry of Finance, Accra.
  2. The CEO, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Accra.

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