The President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Phillipa Larsen has said that by Monday, all teachers should go to School in respect of the High Court order as the leadership battles the issue out with the National Labour Commission (NLC) in Court.
Phillipa Larsen who spoke with Captain Smart on Adom FM, an Accra based radio station on Thursday morning, December 12, 2019, said the Unions shall respect the High Court which compels them to go back to work.
She also said the Union shall make an official statement to their members on the decision to return to school on Monday, December 16, 2019.
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Future NLC engagements
Phillipa Larsen said the unions shall never have any engagement with the National Labour Commission going forward.
She said the NLC has shown that they cannot resolve issues concerning Education Section Unions.
She said their decision to go to court was an implication that the NLC can no longer handle issue pertaining to teacher unions.
She emphasized that moving forward, the Unions shall no longer have any engagement with the NLC unless they meet in court.
”We have nothing doing with the Labour Commission again. Anytime they would want to have any engagement with us,they should go to the court for an order to invite us so that we all meet in court” She said.
Flaws in the Court Order
Madam Phillipa Larsen said there were flaws in the High Court Order which she can not say on radio.
She said the leadership shall make their points known in a statement to that effect.
The GNAT President indicated that the teachers can not be threatened by any individual or institution.
She said the comment made by the Chairman of the Ghana Education Service Council, Mr Nsowah Michael on Adom Fm, which suggest that teachers were being favoured and shall be sacked to employ new teachers a very unfortunate comment.
She further indicated the position of the unions to come out with a statement to that effect.