The National Executive Committee of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has reminded the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) of the
"silence" over the non-implementation of the collective agreement by the Joint Negotiating Committee.
The committee is made up of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), GNAT and GES Management.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by Mrs Irene Duncan-Adanusa, GNAT General Secretary said the agreement was signed as far back as December 2009 between the employers, represented by Director-General and Minister of Education, and representatives of employees, namely GNAT and NAGRAT".
It noted that, the employee side took up the initiative by preparing a road map for implementation of agreed items, which was presented to the GES management and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) in February 2010.
"We recall the under road map, 15 per cent of gross monthly salary be paid as professional allowance to teachers with effect from January 2010, 10 per cent of gross monthly salary as added incentive to teachers, who are trained and are teaching Mathematics, Science, ICT, Technical and Vocational subjects and 20 per cent of gross monthly salary for teachers working in deprived/underserved areas of the country," the statement said.
It noted that the signing of the agreement had to be preceded by threats of a strike action by GNAT but the intervention of the National Labour Commission, brought the two parties back to the negotiating table, which eventually resulted in the signed agreement.
"We wish to reiterate that Ghanaian teachers cannot continue to survive on promises, considering the mood of our members, it will be difficult, if not impossible to restrain them from taking any action to get what is due them once the deadline elapses without their demands having been met".
"It is high time the country showed commitment to providing quality education by fulfilling our obligation to the professionals, who deliver the core education service," the statement added.