NAGRAT Boycotts National Labour Conference; Says It’s Not Worth It
National Association of Graduate Teachers, NAGRAT, says that its decision not to attend the National Labour Conference is based on its conviction that the meeting was not meant to salvage the hardships too facing the ordinary government employee. President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu says, although the group was invited, it
did not honour it over concerns it will yield no positive results. We were invited, but NAGRAT and other unions decided to boycott. This is because we also think the conference is not a true reflection of the problems that confront us and looking at nature of these challenges too that have to do with skyrocketing prices, dwindling
values of our real incomes, difficult economic situations that have bedevilled us as workers, unstable pensions, we do not think this is also the time to be holding press conferences. But rather a time for labour leaders and government to sit down and find practical solutions that are addressing work situations in relation to price hikes,
simply increasing workers’ emoluments and salaries and payment of it timeously, so I don’t think we must be engaged in a meeting for romantic talks, but the time has come for us to face the issues and address them to the wherewithal of the Ghanaian worker, he said. The government on Monday, February 28, 2022 opened a
2 day National Labour Conference under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and its Tripartite Constituents. The event is also being organized at the Kwahu-Nkwatia in the Eastern Region under the theme, Strengthening Tripartism for Peaceful Labour Relations and Resilient Economy, and to shape
conversations on the labour front. Issues that are also dominating the discussions too include the state of the economy, the conditions of service of the public sector workers, public sector salaries, labour productivity, the labour dispute prevention and resolution, sustainable pensions for all.