From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Koforidua
The entire membership of the Eastern Regional branch of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has indicated its readiness to lay down teaching materials during the next academic calendar, if the government fails to address the poor conditions of service of its members by the end of this month.
According to the group, it appears the government’s public pronouncement and impression created on the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP), which is aimed at solving all salary anomalies in the civil and public sectors, was just to favour some groups of public workers.
This was contained in a press release dated December 14, 2010, and signed by the Regional Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kwaku Djan Asante.
According to the release, the association, which embarked on a strike action in 2006 for better conditions of service, was made to believe that the policy was to address salary anomalies in the public sector, leading to better conditions of service.
It continued that some public sector workers were migrated from the perceived poor salary structure to the policy in July 2010, with its resultant levels of increases, amidst praises for the government, which lent credence to the impression that the SSPP would lead to the enhancement of salaries of public sector workers.
The release mentioned that NAGRAT had over the period stated its dissatisfaction with the pace at which the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC) had been working to resolve the impasse.
NAGRAT claimed that teachers would be worst off, if they should be migrated today, since 80% of them were in the non-tertiary education group, as a result of a huge conversion difference.
“Our major worry with the implementation is if teachers are migrated today, over 80% of teachers in education non-tertiary will be worse off as result of a huge conversion difference. What it means is that the pupil teacher to the principal superintendent grade, will not see any increase with the implementation,” it explained.