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NLC Obtains Court Order Against Striking Teachers

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has secured an interlocutory injunction to compel striking teachers to return to the classrooms.

The injunction granted by an Accra High Court on March 28, 2024, is valid for seven days.

“It is hereby ordered that the respondent herein, whether itself, its Executives, Officers, Members, Agents, employees or others persons are restrained from the further continuation of their strike action of 20th March 2024,” the order read.

It comes after the teachers defied an order by the NLC to call off the strike and return to the negotiation table on March 26.

Three teacher unions including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) declared an indefinite strike action over their conditions of service on March 20, 2024.

A statement jointly signed by the unions cited setbacks in negotiating a Collective Agreement, a non-functional Scheme of Service for Teachers, delay in the distribution of the teachers’ laptops, rampant changes of the school calendar without recourse to teachers and the blockage of teachers’ salaries by the Office of Special Prosecutor.

The NLC in a recent statement said concerns regarding the withheld salaries of some teachers, the final draft of the Scheme of Service and teachers’ laptops have been put to rest.

Meanwhile, outstanding issues pending resolution between the employer and the employee include Continuous Professional Development Allowance; Deprived Area Allowance; Teaching/Assessment Allowance; Rent/Housing Allowance; Utility Subsidy Allowance and Transport/Commuting Allowance.


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