Gov’t, GTU came to consensus

Monday, September 10, 2018

The government of The Gambia has reached an agreement with The Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU) after the executive announced last week that they would embark on protest.

The body last week put forward some demands such as timely payment of salaries of new graduates from The Gambia College and University of The Gambia.

 They also demanded that residential allowance and house rent (and/or provincial allowance), be increased immediately from D700.00 and D250.00 respectively by D1000.00 for each teacher in the provinces who is not covered by transport allowances, as substitutes for the increased transport allowance paid to officers in Region One and parts of Region Two. However, agreement with government has been finally reached.

Below reads what they have agreed on:

 “Following our ultimatum to Government on Monday 3rd September 2018 regarding the above subject, the National Executive Committee of the GTU is pleased to update its members as follows.

1The Office of the Secretary General Office of the President, through the Permanent Secretary Admin, Mr. Ebrima Sisawo presented a written response outlining the actions taken by Government;

2. That the Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance has conveyed approval to the Accountant General for the increment of “the Residential and Provincial Allowance for school teachers. Approval has therefore been granted to increase Provincial Allowance from 12.5% to 20% and also from 15% to 23% respectively” beginning SEPTEMBER 2018 accompanied by arrears from July 2018 referenced EMC 252/114/01/80 BMC date 4th September 2018;

3. That payment of School Improvement Grant (SIG) 2017/18 Third Term Arrears for Lower, Basic and Upper Basic Schools totaling D10, 272. 676.00 has been approved by MoBSE and currently being processed by Treasury for payment at the end of September 2018;

4.That the 2018 Graduates from the Gambia College have been formally interviewed for appointment in the Civil Service on Thursday 6th September 2018 during which the GTU was adequately represented;

Against this background, members of the GTU are advised that NO FURTHER INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW and therefore ARE ADVISED TO REPORT TO THEIR SCHOOLS OF POSTING when the academic year commences.  The National executive committee will keep them posted regarding any further action through appropriate channels as and when required.

Meanwhile, we thank Government for their cooperation on these matters and look forward to further cooperation as the Union works towards resolving outstanding issues and matters affecting teachers in The Gambia.”

Author: Momodou Jawo