NLC Directs Teacher Unions to Halt Strike: Negotiations Underway to Resolve Disputes

NLC Directs Teacher Unions to Halt Strike: Negotiations Underway to Resolve Disputes 
Ofosu Asamoah — Executive Secretary, NLC

Ferdinand EducationGhana | March 28 |NLC Directs Teacher Unions to Halt Strike: Negotiations Underway to Resolve Disputes

“The National Labour Commission (NLC) orders teacher unions to suspend strike action after government negotiations. Learn about the ongoing discussions and directives issued to address financial concerns and ensure resolution.”

 


Introduction

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has intervened in the ongoing dispute between teacher unions and the government, directing the unions to call off their strike action. Following a series of engagements between government representatives and teacher unions, efforts are underway to resolve key financial issues and ensure a favourable outcome for educators across Ghana.

Background of the Dispute

On March 20, teacher unions nationwide declared a strike over delays in negotiating their collective agreement and the absence of a proposed scheme of service. This action disrupted educational activities and raised concerns about the welfare of teachers and the continuity of learning for students.

NLC’s Intervention

After receiving a complaint from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) regarding alleged unfair labor practices, the NLC facilitated discussions between government officials and teacher unions. The aim was to address grievances and reach a mutually beneficial resolution.

Progress in Negotiations

During the meetings, significant progress was made, with ten out of sixteen negotiation items agreed upon on the first day. However, financial issues, including continuous professional development allowances and housing allowances, remained unresolved.

Directives from the NLC

In light of the findings, the NLC instructed teacher unions to resume classes and continue negotiations with government representatives. Key directives included lifting the embargo on some teachers’ salaries, ensuring timely delivery of laptops, and providing a final draft of the scheme of service by April 2024.

Current Status and Future Outlook

While the NLC’s directive aims to bring an end to the strike, the President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Rev. Isaac Owusu, indicated that the strike would continue until all unions could communicate with their members. However, discussions between union leaders and the Minister of Employment offer hope for a resolution in the near future.

Conclusion

The NLC’s intervention marks a significant step towards resolving the ongoing dispute between teacher unions and the government. As negotiations continue, both parties are urged to negotiate in good faith and prioritize the welfare of educators and the quality of education in Ghana.

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