NLC orders striking teacher unions to call off strike
The National Labour Commission (NLC) has directed the three striking teacher unions to immediately call off their strike and continue negotiations with the government.
NLC held that the teacher unions did not follow the right procedures for their strike actions.
Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations referred the impasse between them and the striking unions to the NLC due to the refusal of the Teacher Unions to call off their strike.
The commission gave the directive in a hearing between the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and representatives of the teacher unions on Wednesday.
Three Teacher Unions declared a sit-down strike on Friday, November 4, to protest the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.
They are the Ghana National Association of Teachers, the National Association of Graduate Teachers and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana.
The unions said Dr. Nkansah was a banker and not a professional teacher, hence their call for his removal.
The strike has hampered academic work at pre-tertiary institutions.
Deputy Employment Minister, Dr. Bright Wereko Brobby, speaking to the Media after the meeting, said the Unions did not follow the right channels before declaring the strike and have been ordered to resume work and properly engage the government for a resolution to their demands.
The teacher unions expressed their unhappiness and unwillingness to work with the new GES D-G and called on the government to rescind its decision.