Four public university labor unions have declared their intention to strike for the first time on Thursday, October 13, 2022.
"This gives the employer and all stakeholders in tertiary education in Ghana one critical week to reverse the directive that seeks to negatively compromise university workers' working conditions," they said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), the Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU), and the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) are requesting that the government pay their outstanding online teaching support allowance (OTSA) and non-payroll allowances.
The unions also want the government to settle the payment of the Book and Research Allowance for 2022 and to implement the March agreement on the implementation of the market premium or to review the Single Spine Salary Structure in 2023.
The unions met on September 28 at the University of Professional Studies in Accra, where they planned to begin the strike on October 5.
According to them, the rescheduling of the start date is to give the government more time to reconsider its "blatant universal variation of agreed conditions of service in the face of hostile economic conditions."
"We know the language that easily sinks into their psyche, and we will speak it in one (1) week if they do not heed their own agreement with us," the unions said in an earlier statement.
The four labor unions claimed that Vice-Chancellors, through their Finance Directors, currently apply the 10.99 ex-pump approved rate only to fuel allowances, without taking vehicle maintenance allowances into account.
They want the Vice-Chancellors' actions to be addressed, or they will be forced to withdraw their services from all public universities in Ghana.
"Meanwhile, the national leadership of the labour unions in Ghana's public universities urges all members to remain calm and cooperate with leadership as we navigate this difficult period."
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