– The Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) has informed the government of its intention to go on strike – They said that they will go on strike if the government fails to pay salaries by October 31, 2018 – The decision was reached after a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) was held The Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) has given its intention to go on strike if the government fails to pay salaries by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. In a communique released by the group, it said that its members, numbering over 42,000, are ready to initiate the industrial action if the salaries are not paid. According to them, all members are to be paid latest by the said date, and in that regard, they expect their demands to be met.
This was after a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) held to address issues concerning their salaries. The group also charged the Director–General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to exempt its members from the GES/SIC Life Group Insurance Policy as captured in an earlier letter dated August 14, 2018. The group further stated that they will rather prefer “a form should be provided for those who want to join to fill.” On the controversial double tracking system, they said they would support fully its rollout but “will ensure teachers are not short-changed or overburdened without the necessary remuneration.” The NEC has also agreed to partner with Petra Trust to roll out a Third Tier (Tier 3) Pension Scheme for members. They went on to say that sensitization will begin very soon, but then the scheme is however optional. The statement concluded by demanding that the GES should release results of application for study leave with pay earlier before admissions are made by the universities. This, they said, will enable applicants not selected to avoid applying for admission into universities and sometimes pay admission fees due to deadlines.