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Teacher Unions End Nationwide Strike After Obtaining Interim Injunction for Negotiations

After initiating a nationwide strike on March 20 to address their conditions of service, teacher unions in Ghana have decided to call off the strike following the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) intervention. The NLC obtained an interim injunction to facilitate negotiations between the unions and the government.

The unions, including the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, highlighted the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service’s failure to address their concerns, such as the absence of a Scheme of Service and Collective Agreement, as reasons for the strike.

Speaking to the media in Accra on Tuesday, April 2, King Ali Awudu, President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, stressed the urgency of resolving their concerns. He urged for negotiations to begin immediately, stating, “As law-abiding citizens and having respect for the court, we hereby declare the strike that was called on 20th March 2024 off. We ask all our members and teachers of pre-tertiary education in this country to resume work with immediate effect.”

He further appealed to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to start negotiations promptly. “We continue to ask the employer led by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to commence negotiations this afternoon, today April 2, 2024. So we can expedite the negotiations and come to a conclusion to forestall any other happenings in the future,” he stated.

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