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NLC orders striking teacher unions to call off strike

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has issued a directive ordering the three striking teacher unions to immediately cease their strike action.

This directive, according to the Commission, is based on Section 159 of Act 651, as the declaration of the strike was deemed non-compliant with the law.

In a press statement released on Thursday, March 21, and signed by its Chairperson, Justice Kwabena Asuman-Adu, the NLC invoked Section 133 (1) of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) to enforce its decision.

“In pursuance of Section 133 (1) of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) orders GNAT, NAGRAT, and CCT to rescind the decision of the declaration of a nationwide strike made on Wednesday 20 March 2024 and announced on various media networks in the country.”

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) had collectively declared a nationwide strike on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

Their decision to strike was motivated by what they perceived as government negligence in addressing their conditions of service.

Among their grievances were the continued withholding of teachers’ salaries, unilateral changes to timetables without union consultation, and delays in the distribution of laptops to teachers.

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