The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, and the Tertiary Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Ghana’s three largest teacher unions, are furious with the government for failing to pay teachers’ Tier 2 pensions.
Even though the government deducts these contributions each month from the wages of employees in the educational sector, according to the unions, it is over GH400 million in arrears as of the most recent payment, which was paid in March 2022.
In an interview with Citi News in Accra, the general secretary of the TEWU, Mark Dankyira Korankye, disclosed this information.
“We have written several letters to the regulator that they should ensure that the employer pays the contributions as soon as it’s deducted. Unfortunately, the regulator appears helpless, that is why we have to quickly issue this statement.
“If the regulator is failing to do its work, then as a first step, we are saying their allowances or fee due them must also not be paid. If they are not being paid their fee, then I think they will be compelled to tell government to pay the ordinary employee their due pensions.”