All Teachers Alliance Ghana, the ‘youngest’ Teacher Union in the Ghana Education Service has threatened a court action against government in request to demand for all Salary arrears due teachers.
The Teacher Union has also Petitioned the National Labour Commission(NLC) and International Labour Organization (ILO) in support of the impending Strike Strike action by other Teacher Unions to demand for a GH¢50m Salary Arrears due Teachers.
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In a statement issued by the National Secretariat of the Association,ATAG has taken into cognisance the effort being made by other teacher unions in fighting for the arrears of teachers,of which it is in full support of this move .
ATAG from 2013 as a pressure group (the then the Victims of Three Months Arrears Payment Policy – V3MAPP), vehemently pressed the former administration and even criticized the teacher unions for failing to exert the necessary pressure to reclaim the arrears of teachers.
ATAG has always maintained that the policy is a harsh one and depict how teachers have been taken for granted and cheap merchandise in our country.
According to ATAG, Teachers were submitted to various levels of frustrations, harsh treatment and denied of what is due them; dark times in teaching profession in Ghana.
“We have realised that conventional methods of reclaiming arrears or pressuring the government to pay teachers’ arears has over the years proven to be futile.
Past governments have always find a way out of this chooiboi style and threat of strike to doing something to please or offset the pressure rather than committing to paying all that is due teachers.” The statement echoed.
“We in the All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) will like to reiterate without equivocation that, in addition to supporting the pressure emanating from other teacher unions, we will take the government to the Labour Court and also petition the The National Labour Commission (NLC) and International Labour Organization (ILO) for the continuous marginalization of teachers in the country and the constant rape of their rights.”It said.
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ATAG indicated, that though report indicates that some 3000 teachers between 2013-16 have been validated ready to be paid, we think the numbers are highly inadequate since the affected teachers are to tune of over 30000 ranging from unpaid salaries, promotions to annual increments arrears.
“We are admonishing the government to come clear on this arrears and draw as matter of urgency a road map to how the remaining arrears will be paid to teachers. Many teachers across the country feel very much disappointed in how past government messed up with them and do not want the current administration to tow the same line.”It indicated.
ATAG has stated it will march to the Labour Court this March to seek legal redress and also petition National Labour Commission (NLC) and ILO on the arrears issues if the government play any political puppeterism with this important matter.