Teacher Unions Tuesday, October 19, 2021, will meet with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to discuss issues relating to the non-payment of salaries of public teachers without a Ghana Card from December 1, 2021.
The meeting follows a warning issued by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to withhold the salaries of government workers who do not register for the national identification card by the end of November 2021.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, the Accountant General’s Department said “effective December 1, 2021 workers on the government payroll who have not registered for Ghana Card will not be paid.”
The directive the Controller said forms part of a government effort to deliver speedy, secure and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of underserving payments or claims.
“All existing and prospective government workers are to ensure they are registered with the National Identification Authority (NIA) and obtain their identity numbers,” the Accountant General stated in the Tuesday release.
But, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) reacting to the Controller’s decision said the directive is not only unfortunate and preposterous but a government tactic to intimidate public sector teachers in the country.
“We want to place it on record that all workers in question are Article 190 workers of the Public Service, we, therefore, wonder why the Controller will say they will not be paid if they don’t register for the Card within the given time,” it said.
The member of the Teacher Union also called on the NIA, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and Controller Accountant General’s Office to put in place a strategy to solve the payroll challenges than the threat to teachers.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb, the General Secretary of GNAT, Mr Thomas Musah expressed hope that the impending Tuesday meeting will yield good results for the unfortunate directive to be rescinded.
“When we meet the Employment and Labour Ministry on Tuesday the matter will be resolved and it is our hope that next time Controller will learn the way of the Labour Ministry and consult workers before any decision,” he said.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers Secretary however said should the A.g Controller and Accountant General ignore the Teacher Unions concerns and proceed with his threat, they shall meet him with an appropriate response.