NAGRAT warns of strike over Cost of Living Allowance

By Michael Kofi Kenetey
The Eastern Regional Chapter of the National Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), has reechoed the call on government to pay heed to the provision of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), to teachers and for that matter government workers.
At a Press Conference in Koforidua, the Regional capital, the Regional Chairman of NAGRAT, Godwin Awoonor-Yevu noted that the economic condition of teachers as well as government workers is deteriorating due to the incessant increase of fuel prices, goods and services.

Mr. Awoonor-Yevu mentioned that teachers of today are virtually living on life support due to the incessant increase of price of goods and the implementation of new taxes on the already burdened teachers and government workers.
The Regional Chapter of NAGRAT noted that in the face of the challenges confronting government workers, there is the need for government to help reduce the hardship of government workers thereby introducing the Cost of Living Allowance to help alleviate the mass suffering of the Ghanaian worker.
They noted that government has demonstrated insensitivity to the plight of teachers as well as Ghanaian workers. They requested the government as a matter of urgency to provide at least 20 percent of the Cost of Living Allowance to reduce the hardship confronting the government workers.

They threatened to lay down their tools if by the end of this month government does not pay heed to their call.


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