NAGRAT declares strike over salary arrears

BY: Isaac Yeboah

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Wednesday declared an indefinite strike over outstanding salary arrears due its members.

The association at a press conference in Accra said it was carrying through its ultimatum issued mid-February to declare the strike should government fail to pay the arrears outstanding since 2013 and amounting to some GHȻ50 million.

The arrears comprise:

  • Vehicle maintenance allowances
  • Transfer grants
  • Transport and travel allowances
  • Salary arrears of GES new recruits

NAGRAT in January this year put on hold a planned strike following entreaties by the government. It however returned to the matter in early February with the ultimatum to advise itself if the issues are not addressed positively at the end of March.

“The disquiet among our members has reached its fever pitch over the broken promises and deceit regarding the non-payment of these areas by the government,” NAGRAT President Angel Carbonu said, explaining that they see the Finance Ministry’s indecision as a probable decision not to pay the money.

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“We have no other alternative but to advise ourselves. The leadership of NAGRAT resolves that all NAGRAT members at the pre-tertiary level should lay down their tools and abstain from work. When the Senior High Schools reopen on April 16, 2018, nobody should expect our members to be present.”