Teacher’s Union Shuns Gov’t Request to Resume Work Amid Nationwide Strike

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The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) has reignited the flames burning at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) on demands tender to the Government of the Gambia over implementing the 30 percent salary increments announced last year.

In a dispatch issued today, Sunday, 8th January 2023, the umbrella body of Gambian teachers has shunned the Gambia Government’s request for teachers to call off its nationwide strike action and resume work immediately.

According to the dispatch, a tripartite meeting between the Gambia Teachers Union, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Public service held Saturday have resulted in the Government approval of all demands tendered on behalf of teachers.

The agreement between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Gambia Government will be signed on Monday, 9th January 2023.

GTU communique continues to reveal that the nine demands tendered by the Union have all been holistically looked at. An agreement has been reached on each of the demands, adding that on Monday, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Union will meet and later conduct a press conference where it will inform its membership and the general public on the way forward.

“Until a declaration is made by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to do otherwise, the strike still holds,” GTU submitted in a letter signed by its Acting General Secretary, Essa Sowe.

However, the Ministry of Public service has written to the Gambia Teachers Union since 4th January 2023, calling on the Union to call off the strike and resume work immediately.

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