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NAGRAT threatens strike

Even before an earlier ultimatum issued by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers(CCT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) for government to address their concerns elapses, the Greater Accra Regional Branch of NAGRAT, has given government up to September 30, to pay all allowances owed them or face their wrath.
The warning follows what the group says is a failure on the part of government to meet their demands despite numerous appeals.
“For every year, we are supposed to be given salary increment in our appointment letter, but the government has refused to pay the salary arrears for the 2011/2012 academic year,” Chairman of the Greater Accra NAGRAT, Rene Kwamikorkor said.
He further revealed that the government is yet to pay them the arrears since the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP).
“When the government started the SSPP, they stopped the payment of some allowances; we were told that we should hold on when we are on the Single Spine those payments would be paid to us. They paid part of it, but they never paid the balance”.
Although the Greater Accra NAGRAT head did not clearly state what their next line of action would be, he was confident the necessary action would be taken to press home their demands.
“For the past two to three years, the government has refused to pay the allowances, we will know what we will do when we reach the 30th of September deadline,”he said.
A  strike by the teacher unions is likely to affect academic work at the various Senior High Schools across the country even as newly admitted students are yet to start the academic year.

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