Action Teachers Forum Ghana (ATFG) a pressure group under the Ghana Education Service has described the recently announced Indefinite Strike action by the Leadership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) as an Insult to the Teaching Fraternity.
According to the group, thle strike action declared by NAGRAT over the unpaid salaries arrears amount to insult and derogation of their noble profession,and appealed to teachers to treat this strike with contempt and not to comply with any directives.
The group said it has deduced enough evidence to believe that mother unions, misusing the monies of Teachers and just playing with their emotions and thoughts and dancing to no music.
“You can recalled that last year December NAGRAT in conjunction with CCT threatened to go on strike in the second week of reopening. By January, the GNAT president on Radio Universe, an Accra based radio station, rubbish the move and called the leaders of NAGRAT and CCT as ignorant.”the group alleges.
“Just last week CCT Ghana, also issued the same threat to the government and certain write up purported to have met with the NLC is seriously being circulated.” it emphasized.
“Now what is more insulting is that at the tail end of going on vacation and while pupils and students are busily taken examination, you are asking teachers to strike. What is even mind blowing is the fact that second cycle teachers are on vacation and NAGRAT is asking them not to resume when school reopens.”the group indicated .
The group believed the inconsistencies coupled with previous failed promises only point to one thing: “cheap propaganda and empty threat that will yield zero result.”
The group thereby sent a strong signal to NAGRAT and whichever teacher union which will tread the path of hypocrisy to be mindful of the fact that they are no more children to be tossed to and fro.
“We want a proper directive which will entail the following provisions:
(1) An assurance that NAGRAT will be able to cover us if the government strike back. Our salaries will be paid to us in case the government refuse to pay us for embarking on strike.
(2) What meetings has NAGRAT had with the government on the issue. If the government refused to honor his part of the agreement, what is the letter that covered the negotiations?
(3) We want NAGRAT to properly unite with CCT, GNAT and ATAG to stage this strike so that the government will know that we have a common front. This fragments of pocket strike here and there won’t avail us.
(4) The All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) early this year issued a press indicating court action against the government over the unpaid arrears. We want NAGRAT and co to cooperate with ATAG to go to court.”
“If the above provisions is called bluff by NAGRAT, then this strike they have declared is already dead from the beginning.”the group concluded.