Some group of teachers has threatened court action against the Ghana Education Service (GES) over the failure of the service to pay what is due to them. The said teachers have the intention to sue GES over legacy salary arrears.
According to a notice issued by Kwame A Boafo and Associates, affected teachers are demanding legacy arrears owed from 2011 to 2016 after the GES instructed them on several occasions to send their documents data and data to them for their legacy arrears to be paid. According to the notice, in March 2016, strike action by teachers resulted in a validation exercise but these exercises never resulted in the payment of salaries owed to any teacher.
The efforts put up by teachers to get their legacy arrears paid to them have proved futile the notice reveals.
“In December 2019, teachers went on strike to press home their demand to be paid their legacy salary arrears. On 11th December 2019, the National Labour Commission filed an ex-parte motion in court and secured an injunction on the strike action by our clients. Our clients complied with the orders of the Court and went back to the classroom.
On Tuesday 28th January 2020 union representatives of our clients met His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana at the Jubilee House and it was agreed at the meeting with the President that the unions must collect data from their members for them to be paid their legacy arrears.
With reference to the letter dated 29th January 2020 Ghana Education Service directed the unions to submit the data of their members and gave 28 February 2020 as the closing date for the submission of data. Our clients submitted their documents/ data to their unions. The unions forwarded the data to Ghana Education Service”
According to the notice served, GES has been cautioned to pay teachers their’ legacy salary arrears within 30 days of receipt of this notice else a court action will be taken against the GES to enforce the payment of the various amounts owed teachers.
“Our clients, therefore, demand that the various amounts of salaries owed our clients be paid in full within thirty (30) days of receipt of this notice else we have the instructions of our clients to proceed to court to enforce the payment of the various amounts owed our clients, accrued interest on the amount owed and legal expenses of our clients”