JUST IN: COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE TO BE SUSPENDED FOR ALL TEACHERS – Wereko Brobby
The government of Ghana and Organized Labour have successfully reached and agreement and approved a 15% cost of living allowance for all public sector workers in Ghana.
This percentage will be calculated on the base pay of government to support their salary and cushion them due to the current hike in prices and expenditure
The teacher unions who were supposed to represent the interest of all Ghana Education Service employees on July 14 deferred every discussions on the cost of living allowance to Organized Labour.
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The reasons being that previous meeting with government saw the representatives of the Teacher unions unable to reach the consensus
These Union leaders stormed out of such meetings complaining that government failed on such to make any proposals.
By deferring every discussions on the Cost of Living Allowance organise Labour, the various teacher unions legally agree to do the biding of what they accept with the meeting with it terms
By accepting 15% COLA at a meeting held on July 14 by Organized Labour, teachers in Ghana agreed to it even though they were not present at the discussion.
However,The All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) says teacher unions should have rather pushed for a 15% salary increment instead of the 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) they agreed with government.
The union says such a move would have permanently improved the conditions of service of teachers.
Speaking to the media, the National President of the union, Isaac Ofori, says the government might use the payment of the 15% COLA as a bait not to meet other necessary demands of teachers.
Mr. Ofori questions the guarantee that after government takes all the workers off the COLA, it is going to specifically maintain teachers on it. “If teachers agree on five or seven percent salary increment, it means that, we have lost the negotiations.”
Already, the government has served notice that the 15 percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for members of organized labour would be suspended when the conditions that necessitated it are no more.
The various worker unions declared an indefinite strike in demand for a 20 percent cost of living allowance to cushion them against the current economic hardship.
In related development, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wereko Brobby spoke on the possibility of the non-payment of the allowance in the future.
“We have agreed that the Cost of Living Allowance will be paid effective 1st July. As the name applies, it is an allowance which is a result of certain factors that have arisen in the course of the year so as and when these factors are no longer there, there will not be the relevance to still continue with it.”