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16.01.2007 General News

GNAT Benefits From Salary Adjustments

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The government has entered into an agreement with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for salary adjustments this year. The upward review of salaries takes effect from this month.

The agreement follows the conclusion of a series of negotiations with GNAT which started last year for salary adjustments.

Accordingly, the percentage increase of salaries for teachers varies from 30 to 60 per cent and it will affect all grades of teachers.

'There is a general increase in the salaries of all categories of teachers with varying percentages', the Minister for Education, Science and Sports, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, told the Daily Graphic.

He said the government considered the salaries of all public sector workers very important, including those of teachers, and would ensure that the condition of service of workers was improved.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah explained that the government had demonstrated its commitment to improving the condition of service of all workers since 2001.

With the conclusion of salary negotiations for this year, he appealed to teachers to have confidence in the government's willingness to listen to them when they put their grievances forward.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah indicated that the government was addressing their concerns and that the 2007 salary agreement was only the beginning of efforts to motivate teachers.

Asked about the car and the housing loan schemes for teachers, he said there was a committee already in place working on the schemes, saying that the committee had been given up to the first quarter of the year to finish its work.

He said once the committee submitted its report, it would be studied and the necessary action taken.

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