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The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has threatened to embark on strike on the 5th of July if government fails pay its members Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by the end of June.

NAGRAT says the rising cost of fuel, goods and services and the introduction of new taxes have worsen the living conditions of its members, hence the need for an allowance to cushion them, since salaries have remained same.

“It is a trite knowledge that cost of living in Ghana today is rising with the speed of light which has affected and continue to affect the livelihood of our members who are sacrificing to build this nation” the Northern Regional Chairman of NAGRAT, Abdulai Seidu Gong told journalists in Tamale on Wednesday June 22.

Northern Regional Chairman of NAGRAT, Abdulai Seidu Gong

“Prices of fuel, goods and services continue to rise by the day, the introduction of new taxes have worsen the already bad situation, yet the teacher’s salary remains the same.

Between January and now, fuel prices have increased by over 50 percent. The teacher today is virtually living on ‘life support’” he explained.

The National Vice President of NAGRAT, Jacob Anaba at this year’s May Day Celebration appealed to government to grant a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of at least 20percent to all public service workers.

The Northern Regional Chairman of NAGRAT noted that in the face of the challenging economic conditions, the teacher union is insisting on the 20 percent COLA for its members.

He said its members can no longer bear the pain, hence the decision to lay down their tools if government fails to grant them their demands.

“At the end of June, if we [don’t hear] anything from government, national leadership [of NAGRAT] will declare strike on 5th July” Mr Seidu Gong threatened.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus| Justicefmonline | Tamale

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