The heat will be more for the Ghanaian government as two new labor unions threaten to strike over the cost of living.
The latest is the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives demanding 20% of basic pay as Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) otherwise they will drop off dia tools.
In 2014, they pay Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) of 10% of public sector workers’ base salary to protect us when the going gets tough with the high cost of living.
Now they demand 20% of the total cost of their salary as a new COLA from the government.
“In 2022 we find ourselves in a similar economic situation, we expect nothing less than a similar stopgap measure to protect many nurses and midwives across the country,” they reveal in a statement.
In addition to the nurses, the University of Ghana Senior Staff Association is also threatening a nationwide strike if the government does not give in to dia demands for 20% COLA.
They bring the number to six groups all of whom are calling for a 20 per cent increase in the everyday basic wage under the Cost of Living Allowance due to the economic hardship in Ghana.
The University of Ghana Senior Staff Association is giving the government until July 13 to tackle 20% of COLA or they will go on strike.
Four pre-college teachers’ unions went on strike
Pre-college teachers in Ghana are declaring a nationwide strike from today July 4, 2022.
They file dia tools on the government’s non-payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
They ask them to say out of concern for the rising cost of living which is creating difficulties for them.
Thomas Musah, General Secretary of GNAT, said: “We do not support hardship, we reject unequal pay in public services across the country.”
“We are informing the public of our intention to strike after having passed the deadline of June 30, 2022 that we give to the government,” he added.
“In the interests of us, we are engaging in an indefinite strike,” Musah told a press conference to announce his decision.
The strike action of four teachers unions, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT) demand 20% of my basic salary be paid to them.
Call for school closures
Despite the strike, the GES directs high school officials to ensure the safety and well-being of all students in the schools.
However, some lawmakers in the Ghanaian parliament are calling on education to close schools for the safety of students.
Earlier in the week, the GES asked regional and district directors to keep basic schools open.
“Keep basic schools open and ensure the safety of children going to school pending further direction from GES leadership,” GES speaks in the statement on slide.