Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) says it finds it legitimate to join sister teacher group, National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), in its industrial action against what they have describes as unfavourable working conditions.
NAGRAT last week declared a nationwide strike over the newly introduced Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) acquired by the Public Services Commission, unpaid allowances and delayed promotions among others.
NAGRAT and GNAT were expected to begin their strike yesterday, September 10, 2019.
In a statement copied to the media, six out of the 10 regional branches of the Association said, they were embarking on the industrial action following the inability of their employer, the GES, to resolve the many challenges confronting its members.
According to GNAT, it had been inundated with calls and agitations from its members across the regions for the strike action and the Association was no longer able to control them.
Meanwhile, NAGRAT will today, September 11, 209 meet the National Labour Commission (NLC) over the four-day-old nationwide indefinite strike.
The meeting follows an invitation by the NLC to NAGRAT to immediately call off the strike and appear before it today.
The President of NAGRAT, Mr Eric Angel Agbe-Carbonu, told journalists in Accra that the Association would appear before the NLC.
He, however, noted that the strike would still be in force.
“We have received a letter from the Commission and we will appear before it on Wednesday (referring to today). We will not call off the strike before appearing before it,” Mr Agbe-Carbonu warned.
He said the Association would go before the NLC with the same issues it raised at its press conference held on Thursday, September 6, 2019.
“In any case, the NLC has invited us and it should tell us why it has invited us,” he said, adding that “if it is on the issues that we raised, then we will just repeat them to the Commission.”
Asked why NAGRAT did not notify the NLC before embarking on the industrial action, he said the NLC had had the notice from the Association and sat on its cases and so it would be difficult for it to say that it was not aware of NAGRAT’s issues.
He indicated that, NAGRAT at the meeting would prove to the NLC that “we have raised the issues and it has sat on them before.”
Mr Carbonu said it was his expectation that the Commission would address the issues the Association has raised, since it was its job to resolve labour conflicts.
The outcome of the meeting, he said, would determine whether or not the Association would continue its action.
“When we get there, the situation will determine our response,” he stressed.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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