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Teacher Unions hint of another strike action

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A letter dated 20th January, 2020 from the teacher unions (GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT) to the Ministry of Education has hinted on the refusal of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission as well as the GES granting them their legacy arrears.

From the letter, it is clear that all promises made to the striking unions regarding the provision and publication of data of unpaid teachers legacy arrears have not been supplied.

Teachers were promised and assured that their arrears were to hit their accounts latest 19th December, 2019 but till date they are yet to be notified of the said arrears.

However, publications in the media indicates that, the outstanding legacy arrears have been paid but to our surprise, that isn’t the reality.

The letter further indicated that, request for the review of the GES’ promotion processes has also not been tackled by the service.

An attempt by the teacher unions to help resolve outstanding issues on the new collective agreement with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has not been successful.

It could be felt that, the tone of the letter is a clear indication that the teacher unions are not enthused about the approach to resolving their grievances.

“Failure to do so would have the GES and the Fair Wages and Salaries blaming themselves since the Teacher Unions can no longer restrain their members.” The letter stated.