Teachers in Ghana are to strike from this Friday over the government's failure to pay them arrears of salary which are still owed from as long ago as 2011. The government is asking the teachers to accept 3 months unpaid salary and write off the rest. The teachers also say that the government has failed to pay in their pension contributions to the relevant funds, meaning inevitable suffering for retiring teachers.
The teachers are members of two unions: the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT). They were planning a joint demonstration in the capital Accra on Friday. In the past, teachers have been brutally attacked by police with tear gas and rubber bullets, when they demonstrated. The unions' leadership have acceded to police demands that they call off the demonstration but they have not ruled out demonstrations next week.
This is only the latest stage of a long fight by teachers for decent salaries in Ghana, which like so many other countries has been under the tutelage of the International Monetary Fund, which has told the government to reduce the salaries of public servants and decrease fuel subsidies.