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Teachers going on pension will suffer – GNAT Sec on Tier 2 arrears

Source: Kodwo Mensah Aboroampah


The General Secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Thomas Musah, says pensioners are having a hard time due to the unpaid tier two for them.

Mr Musah says looking at those on pension, for the past two years, their daily livelihood is nothing to write home about.

The tier 2, according to the General Secretary, is profitable according to how much profit is made on the contributions made.

This means, what the teachers receive is according to the profit the tier 2 contributions make.

GNAT is lamenting that for every month, the amount the government deducts is about 35 million to 36 million Ghana Cedis which by law, within 14 days, the government must put in the fund, if not, then the government must pay a 3% interest for it.

Mr Musah disclosed that although government defaulted, no effort has been made to pay the three percent which is affecting the scheme.

The National Pension Regulatory Authority, which is supposed to ensure that government complies by paying their deduction, is doing nothing about the situation.

He added that the scheme can only pay anyone going on pension or anyone on pension based on the last deduction which is March 2022.

This comes at the back of a joint statement by the leadership of four teacher unions who said the government makes monthly deductions from their salaries for payment of their Occupational Pension Scheme (Tier 2) contributions to the Ghana Education Service.

The aggrieved unions include the Ghana National Association of Teachers, the National Association of Graduate Teachers, the Coalition of Concerned Teachers and the Tertiary Educational Workers Union.

The default, according to them, spans over nine months as the last payment was made in March 2022.
This means workers who went on pension last year are in a big mess as their pension calculations would be affected.

In a joint statement by the leadership of the unions, they said the government makes monthly deductions from their salaries for the purpose of the contribution.

However, the government is in arrears of over GH¢400 million.

The groups have, therefore, given the government up to the end of February 2023 to settle all arrears.

4 pre-tertiary teacher unions give ultimatum to Controller and Accountant General’s Department to pay pension contributions

January 28, 2023



Four pre-tertiary teacher unions have given the Controller and Accountant General’s Depart­ment up to the end of February 2023 to pay their pen­sion contributions of GH¢433, 379, 819.90.

They are the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Con­cerned Teachers (CCT-Ghana, Teachers and Educational Work­ers’ Union (TEWU).

“We the pre-tertiary union in education would like to bring to the attention of the public through the media the unfortunate development with regards to the non-payment of deductions by government to the Ghana Educa­tion Service Occupational Pension Scheme.”

This was contained in a press release issued and jointly signed by the General Secretary of the GNAT, Mr Thomas Musah, President of the NAGRAT, Eric Agbe-Carbonu, Mr King Ali, Pres­ident, CCT-GH, Awudu and Mr Mark Dankyira Korankye, General Secretary of the TEWU.

The statement revealed that the last payment from the Controller and Accountant General’s Depart­ment to their pension scheme was for the month of March 2022, which was paid in January 2023, which means nine months of outstanding payments.

It said, “If by the end of February 2023 all the arrears are not paid, we have no other option than as the first line of action, take the necessary steps to ensure that the regulator’s (National Regula­tory Authority) fees are not paid effective March 2023”.

The unions said the resultant danger of the situation was that the educational worker was been denied any investment value of his or her contribution


Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) has instituted every October 5 as

World Teachers’ Day to honour and celebrate teachers around the globe.

The aim is to focus on, “assessing, appreciating and improving educators around the world”.

It also provides opportunity to discuss issues relating to teachers and teaching.

The Day, established in 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour

Organisation/UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that

addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.

This recommendation outlines standards relating to education personnel policy, recruitment, and initial training as

well as the continuing education of teachers, their employment, and working conditions.

This year’s theme is: “The transformation of education begins with teachers.”

Ghana will commemorate the Day at Tamale, Northern Region, on Wednesday, October 05, 2022.

Mr Peter Tetteh Korda, Public Relations Officer, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), in an interview

with the Ghana News Agency, said the Association in September launched the GNAT Week and the World Teachers Day

celebration in Tamale, Northern Region.

He said the Day would celebrate how teachers were transforming education and reflect on the support

they needed to fully deploy their talent.

Mr Korda said GNAT had earlier organised a two-day symposium from Monday, October 3, 2022 to

Tuesday October 4, 2022 in Tamale as part of activities to mark the Day.

Public sector workers get 15% Cost of Living Allowance

The government has approved a 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) on the base pay for

public sector workers effective 1st July 2022.

The various worker unions, which include the four teacher unions, the Ghana Medical

Association (GMA), and the Public Sector Workers Union (PSWU), among others, demanded

the payment of 20% of their basic salaries as Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) due to the

current economic situation in the country.


Both sides reached a conclusion on the 15% COLA with all industrial actions and threats

to be called off immediately and members of the aforementioned union groups to return to work.

The government, represented by Minister for Finance (MoF); Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for

Employment and Labour Relations (MELR); Ignatius Baffour Awuah, and Chief Executive

Officer of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC); Benjamin Arthur signed on behalf

the government while the Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah and

the President of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association signed on behalf

of Organised Labour


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Strike Alert: Nurses and Midwives join teachers in demand for COLA

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, GRNMA, has also joined teacher Unions to call for payment of twenty percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

According to the Association, the plight of Ghanaian nurses and midwives is worsening each day due to rapid increases in the prices of goods and services across the country.

Speaking on News and Current Affairs Programme, ‘Behind the News’ on UNIIQ FM, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association,

Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo refuted claims that the Association is riding on the back of similar claims by the four striking teacher unions.

She said GRNMA operates within organized labour and increasing cost of living also affects them.

She added that, government has been given enough notification about the worsening living conditions of nurses.

However, the Association does not intend to embark on an industrial action.


Teacher unions declare nationwide indefinite strike over COLA

Four teacher unions have declared a nationwide strike over government’s inability to meet the deadline for their demands for the

payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

This follows the expiration of a June 30 deadline the unions gave government.

The unions are the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT),

Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).

At a joint press conference, by the education unions on the allowance, the teacher groups expressed disappointment at government’s failure to heed their calls.

General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, who read the statement, disclosed that all their calls have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to  go on

strike having gone passed the June 30 deadline we gave government for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance. Consequently,

we have decided to embark on strike from today,  Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are

withdrawing services in all the pre-tertiary education institutions. This includes teaching and non-teaching staff. “   

Leadership of the four teacher unions has thus directed their members to withdraw their services with immediate effect

after declaring an indefinite strike.

President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Carbonu says the decision to strike is because they have been pushed to the wall.

The teachers are fighting for the payment of between 20% and 30% of their salaries as a Cost of Living Allowance.

The allowance according to the teachers will cushion them on the back of current economic conditions and the worsening plight of teachers.

Some stakeholders have said, even though the call for COLA is legitimate, teacher unions should use the opportunity to fight for a

permanent solution to the challenges facing teachers.

Government had assured it was going to reach an agreement with the leadership of teacher unions, but that is yet to happen.