The University of Ghana branch of the Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana, Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), and Federation of Universities Senior Staff (FUSSAG) have formally joined the mother union’s indefinite strike, which was launched on Wednesday.
The collective action is in reaction to what the unions characterize as deplorable working conditions that require immediate adjustment.
The decision to announce an indefinite strike was a response to the university staff’s displeasure with their working circumstances.
The strike, which began earlier this week, has gained traction with the addition of the University of Ghana branch. Key places impacted by the strike include the Balm Library, University Farms, and Lecture Halls, among others.
The local TEWU Secretary, Naa Zakaria Gumah, who announced the strike, stressed the gravity of the issue, saying that the task force will take serious action against anyone seeking to impede the strike.
SSA-UoG and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff (FUSSAG) have declared an indefinite strike with immediate effect, citing the government’s apparent disregard for their welfare.
The move is in response to many concerns, including the government’s apparent refusal to resolve pension difficulties and the alleged unauthorized revocation of their overtime allowance.
During a press event at the University of Ghana in Accra on Wednesday, January 17, Mr. Isaac Donkoh, the National Chairman of SSA-UoG, emphasized that the government must suffer the repercussions of their choice.
“As leadership, we are compelled to declare indefinite strike action. The reason is that the government has not released our tier 2 pension to our fund managers since February 2023. Urgently, we demand that the government release all outstanding arrears to our fund managers and pay the accrued interest with a three per cent interest rate.”
“We also insist that the government reevaluate the accrued interest between 2010 and 2016, as agreed upon on July 25th, 2022. Additionally, we call on the government to promptly settle all outstanding arrears for our pensioned staff from 2020 to 2023. Lastly, we urge the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to retract the letters dated 7th November and 20th November respectively.”
“On this note, we direct our members to refrain from reporting to work until further notice. Effective immediately, no one should go to work until further notice,” he concluded.