The members of the Upper East Regional Branch of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), are very much persuaded and inspired to unite with other branches to lay down their tools.
The Upper East Regional NAGRAT have taken steps to protest by embarking on a strike action if their demand for the 20% Cost of Living Allowance ( CoLA) isn't regarded by the Ghanaian government.
The end of June 2022 will be their last day in the classroom.
Addressing the media at a press conference on June 28th, 2022 in Bolgatanga, the NAGRAT Upper East Regional Chairman Mr. John Akunzebe mourned the "deteriorating economic conditions of teachers” which is the principal reason they are requesting to be padded with Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA).
According to Mr. Akunzebe, “ prices of fuel, goods, and services continue to rise by the day; the introduction of new taxes has worsened the already bad situation, yet the teacher's salary remains the same.
Between January and now, fuel prices have increased by over 50 percent. In the Upper East Region here, prices of basic food and other commodities have increased astronomically”. He said.
He cited the increment of a bowl of gari from Ghc7.00 to Ghc16.00, a bowl of beans from Ghc9.00 to Ghc25.00, and a sanitary pad that was sold at Ghc5.00 is now Ghc10.00 among others.
Mr. Akunzebe proceeded to bemoan the disregard by the government despite calls for their CoLA initiated.
“ Having not heard from the government despite the earlier calls, the Vice President of NAGRAT, Mr. Jacob Anaba on June 7th, 2022, in a press conference, requested that the government as a matter of urgency grants workers of at least 20 percent to ameliorate the hardship that the Ghanaian worker is faced with.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, sadly, has the government not shown great insensitivity to our plight? And should the Union whose core mandate is to promote the welfare of our members sit unconcerned, whilst we go through this suffering that has no end in sight?
We have come to our wits end; we can no longer bear the pain. We, therefore, demand of our National Leadership that, if at the end of June 2022, our call for CoLA is not heeded to, they have no option but to pay heed to the clarion call of our members of Upper East Region to LAY DOWN OUR TOOLS” Mr. Akunzebe concluded.