The unions have also assured they are putting teachers’ interests first and above everything.
According to the Unions, after the conclusion, the effective date for implementation of the agreement is going to be January 2024.
The Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana CCT-GH in the Northern Region gathered with Regional Officers, District Officers, and Members to address the issue of their expired Collective Agreement (Conditions of Service).
The previous agreement, signed on August 27, 2020, had a duration of three years, and it has now expired as of August 27, 2023. They call for the initiation of the process to negotiate a new Collective Agreement.
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The group highlights the need for revisions and new allowances, including
Extra teaching load allowance,
Internal examination allowance,
Utility subsidy allowance,
Deprived/difficult area allowance, and an increment in the CPD allowance (PDA).
These additions are seen as essential to improving the working conditions of Ghanaian teachers, especially those at the pre-tertiary level.
They express their full support for the National Leadership in the negotiation process and urge them to stand up for these allowances, as failing to do so may lead to dissatisfaction among teachers.
Mr. Mohammed Nuhu W. Jingli, the Northern Regional Chairman, signs off the statement
Here is the full statement
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the media.
Here gathered are Regional Officers, District Officers, and Members of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers
Ghana in the Northern Region.
We thank you for responding to our short notice. CCT-GH is grateful to you.
We invited you here this morning on just one issue; that is, our Collective Agreement otherwise known as Conditions of Service.
1. The last Collective Agreement for Teachers in full employment within the Ghana Education Service was signed on the 27th of August 2020. Per section 4.1 of the Collective Agreement, the duration is three years. Therefore, as of August 27th, 2023, the Collective Agreement expired.
This calls for a new Collective Agreement to be negotiated.
2. We therefore call on our National Leadership to with immediate effect ignite the processes for a new Collective Agreement to replace the present one that has expired.
3. We can all attest to the fact that most of the conditions enumerated in the old Collective Agreement had outlived its usefulness or calls for the need for revision in Some provisions.
4. The Leadership of Teacher Unions (CCT GH, GNAT and NAGRAT) should take
note of the following allowances and negotiate for its implementation in addition to
the already existing allowances without fail,
Extra teaching load allowance.
Internal examination allowance for the setting of questions, invigilation, and marking
Housing/ rent allowance
Utility subsidy allowance
Deprived / Difficult area allowance
Increment in the CPD allowance
This we believe when fulfilled will ameliorate the suffering of the Ghanaian teachers, especially those at the pre-tertiary level whose conditions have deteriorated to a pitiful level.
Finally, we want to assure our National Leadership of our fullest support as they go into the negotiation for a new Collective Agreement. They can call on us morning, afternoon, and evening if they encounter any difficulty so we back them with all the arsenals in our bosom as Labour Unions, to ensure that the pre-tertiary teacher for
once get what is due him or her.
National leadership should however note, that, failure to fight for these allowances will bring an uneasy calm in front of teachers.
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