GTU may protest over demands

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

After several attempts to have their demands met, The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) has finally hinted that its National Executive Committee would end up a protest if government makes no effort.

Essa Sowe, the deputy secretary general of The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) said that the National Executive Committee has agreed that if government fails to present permanent solution to their demands such as; the timely payment of salaries of new graduates from The Gambia College and University of the Gambia must be ensured during term one of the 2018/19 academic year among host of others, by Friday Sept. 7, 2018 they will be left with no option but to advise members of the GTU to stay away from their duties in protest, until the situation is satisfactory addressed.

Speaking at a press conference organised by the GTU’s National Executive Committee on Monday at the GTU Secretariat, Mr. Sowe said the National Executive Committee of The Gambia Teachers Union at its Extra Ordinary Executive Meeting held on Saturday September 1, observed government’s disregard of their concerns even after numerous follow-ups concerning the issue.

“Residential allowance and house rent (and/or provincial allowance), must 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,” he demanded.

Mr. Sowe further stated that the SIR arrears from the third term must be fully paid to enable head teachers settle vendors and ancillary staff.

“The timely payment of salaries of new graduates from The Gambia College and University of the Gambia must be ensured during term one of the 2018/19 academic year, while head-to-reach and double shift allowances are also paid when due,” he added.

He added that the certain matters must be adequately addressed during the 2018\19 budget to bring sanity to their schools particularly the senior secondary schools, otherwise, further industrial action will be taken, the nature of which shall be communicated appropriately.

The National Executive Committee also put to the fore that the slow rate of promoting teachers is demotivating, disclosing that the last time teachers within the public sub-sector  were promoted was 2014, albeit, petitions are occasionally addressed.

Author: Fatou B. Cham