The Association of Aggrieved Teachers have given the NPP government 12 hours ultimatum to settle the payment of their arrears or risk losing their votes.
This information was communicated to the public in a press statement issued by the Leadership of the group on the 6th of December,2020.
According to the group, the government seem to be playing with the issue of the salary Arrears. “The NPP government has taken the delicate nature of the Legacy arrears to run away from their mandatory obligations…”, the statement noted.
They also described the payment of salary arrears owed teachers from 2012 to 2015 as a sham.
The group sought to explain how they have exhausted all avenues such as press release, press conferences, protests, meetings with state authorities among others over the past four years for the payment of their arrears.
In addition to the above, the group claimed to have submitted several documents over and over again, but all ended up becoming a fiasco. They also described the payment of the arrears of a fraction of them as a vote buying spree.
The group has however vowed to vote against the NPP if they failed to honour the payment of the arrears latest by 12 noon of 7th December, 2020.
READ FULL STATEMENT HERE:
ASSOCIATION OF AGGRIEVED TEACHERS- SALARY LEGACY ARREARS
6TH DECEMBER, 2020
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
PAYMENT OF SALARY ARREARS IS A SHAM; IT’S JUST A VOTES BUYING SPREE
The issue of legacy arrears has been a topical issue since 2012, and still is, even as we speak. It is very pathetic that, though the payment of the arrears is so dear to the hearts of the over 68,000 affected teachers nationwide but government seem to be playing around the issue as though it is not important.
The nature of the issue has become so delicate that it keeps on worsening day after day. And the NPP government has taken the delicate nature of the Legacy Arrears to run away from their mandatory obligation of ensuring that the matter is brought to its finality.
It’s been four years now and we can count not less than 15 press statements, not less than 5 press conferences, not less than 5 demonstrations, not less than 5 separate meetings with the leadership of GES, Ministry of Finance, CAGD etc, all in the name of retrieving our hard-earned money, that has wickedly been withheld by the government despite fulfilling all legal requirements needed to ensure payments.
We can also count not less than 50 times of submitting the same documents over and over again since 2012 till date. All in the name of retrieving the salaries that have been illegally embargoed by the government for no fault of ours.
Just this Friday, we heard that payment has been issued in favour of 2016 to 2019 year groups. You cannot ignore the arrears owed teachers from 2012 to 2015 and pay that of 2016 and claim you have cleared all arrears. Even those group of teachers, some didn’t receive theirs. So we know it’s all meant for vote-buying, if not, why then are some paid and others not?
This is pure wickedness on the part of the government.
Now per the foregoing analysis, it is very clear that the government is not ready to settle the arrears. Because four years is enough to pay the amount we are talking about. And so we want to tell the government that, as teachers, we still own the bragging rights of being the only professionals from which all other professionals emerged.
We can never be deceived and our conscience can never be bought or sold. We are giving the government these two options. Either the arrears hit our accounts latest by 12noon on Monday 7th December, 2020 or we say goodbye to NPP government for good.
Everybody should mark it on the wall, if this money doesn’t reach us by the given deadline, Nana Addo-Danquah Akuffo-Addo will be Ex-President by the close of the day.
That is the only way we can also prove to the government that teachers have been a deciding factor in every election in the history of Ghana. And so no one messes up with us.
Nana Opoku Foster
Effah Kweku Tabiri