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Labour unions call off strike as gov’t agrees on 15% COLA

Organised labour has urged all striking teacher unions to call of the roughly two week old industrial action after government’s decision to pay 15 percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to public sector workers.

Government met the requests of the labour unions on Thursday, July 14, after initial back and forth over the 20 percent COLA demand by public sector workers.

In accordance with the settlement struck between the two parties, the government and the union leaders decided on a 15 percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), which will take effect retroactively on July 1, 2022.

The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) will be paid at a rate of 15 percent of base pay. That the effective date of the payment of COLA is 1st July 2022, ” Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah announced on Thursday.

The government delegation that met and agreed on the 15% COLA included, the Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffler Awuah and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah.

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