The Ghana Education Service (GES) after teacher unions declared their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) strike has been called off has directed all teachers to return to school on Monday, July 18, 2022, to start full academic work.
In a communique sighted by AcademicWeek, the management of the GES said it has come to its attention the decision of the teacher unions to call off their nationwide industrial action over a 15% COLA agreement with the government.
“Management has taken note of the successful completion of negotiations between GoG and Organised Labour on the Cost of Living Allowance leading to the call-off of the strike by the Pre-Tertiary Education workers Union,” it stated.
Following the development, the Service has directed all Regional and District Directors of Education to ensure both teaching and non-teaching staff of the Service return to school on Monday 18th July 2022 to start full academic work.
The teacher unions (GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH) strike action which began on Monday, July 4, 2022, was called off on July 14, 2022, after they concluded on a 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) government has agreed to pay.
In a social post sighted by AcademicWeek, a teacher union (GNAT) said “Dear Comrades, having agreed on 15% COLA, we wish to inform all our members that our STRIKE ACTION is hereby CALLED OFF. God bless you! Solidarity forever!”
The Minister for Employment, Ignatius Baffour Awuah speaking to journalists after the meeting said the COLA will be paid at the rate of 15% of base pay and that the effective date for the payment of the COLA will be 1st July 2022/
“We also agreed that all industrial actions underway and threats of same will be called off immediately and that labour will return to work,” the Employment Minister told the media at the crunch meeting with the teacher unions on July 14.