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04.10.2005 Regional News

Wassa West teachers are on strike

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Tarkwa, Oct 04, GNA - The Wassa West branch of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) have begun a three-day strike after which it would advise itself if the government ''does not implement the negotiated 2005 salary agreement by October 7.''

The teachers said their action was necessitated by the government's failure to implement the 2005 negotiated salaries agreement. They said after an agreement had been signed on the 2005 salaries, the government had reneged on the agreement by saying the 10 per cent salary increase would take effect from June instead of March as agreed on.

The government has also reneged on an agreement on the payment of special allowances. The government said the allowance would be paid from November instead of from September as agreed on.

"GNAT has observed that the government's failure to sign the 2005 negotiated salary agreement shows a breach of trust and lack of commitment on the plight and cause of teachers".

"We are compelled to state politely but firmly that if the government does not implement the negotiated 2005 salary agreement by the 7th of October, we shall be compelled to advice ourselves".

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