Fair Wages and Salaries Commission Criticizes Teacher Unions for Ignoring Labour Laws Amid Strike

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has rebuked the leadership of teacher unions, including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH), for initiating a strike without adhering to Ghana’s labour laws.

In an interview on JoyNews’ PM Express, FWSC Chief Executive Benjamin Arthur expressed disappointment at the lack of prior notice to relevant stakeholders, including the FWSC and the National Labour Commission, before the industrial action commenced.

Arthur highlighted the unions’ failure to follow necessary protocols before declaring the strike, describing the situation as an “ambush” that surprised all involved parties.

He raised questions about the legality and governance implications of such actions, emphasizing the need for adherence to established procedures, particularly in hypothetical scenarios involving strikes in the private sector.

The nationwide strike, declared by the teacher unions on Wednesday, March 20, stemmed from delays by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service in addressing their conditions of service. The unions cited the failure to complete negotiations for a new collective agreement by February 29, 2024.

Meanwhile, amidst the strike, the government launched the Ghana Smart School project, aiming to provide iPads to students in over 500 public senior high schools. The initiative seeks to enhance e-learning opportunities for students, aligning with the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for educational advancement in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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