The Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH) is demanding an immediate apology from the Ministry of Finance following a statement made by the technical advisor at the Ministry.
“We have cited a statement making the airwaves to have been purportedly released by a Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Finance that indicates that there would be no salary increment for the next three years”, the statement added.
In a press statement dated 18th March 2021, signed by the president of the said teacher union, King Ali Awudu indicated that it’s very unfortunate for the Ministry of Finance to make such a statement regarding salary increment.
“CCT Ghana wishes to express its highest disappointment in such publication and call on the Ministry of Finance as a matter of urgency to disassociate itself from this publication and render an unqualified apology to well-meaning Ghanaians for such unfortunate statement emanating from the Ministry”.
According to the leadership of the union, workers have done enough sacrifice for the past years in terms of salary paid to workers especially teachers and the recent hikes in prices of goods and service and taxes per the 2021 budget should concern the ministry than issuing such unhealthy statements.
It has therefore implied that these comments go a long way to affect the spirit of negotiations in fairness and good faith. Negotiations are already ongoing with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations together with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission with a representation from the Ministry of Finance. Negotiations are set to be completed by end of April 2021. Hence, such comments from a heavy player like the Ministry of Finance are prejudicial and we shall not succumb to it.
The union has however dissociated itself from any decision that seems not to increase the salaries of workers especially teachers for the next three years.
“We wish to state emphatically that, the CCT GH will not be part of any negotiations that seem not to increase salaries for the next three years. In fact, not even for one year. We cannot also as well restraint our members from any action if such is done as stated by the Finance Ministry”