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UTAG, TEWU-GH, others to declare strike from Monday

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The leaders of four major labor unions in Ghana's public universities, including the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), have declared an indefinite strike to begin on Monday, October 17.

This is due to the government's rejection of a "suggestion" regarding their demands made at a meeting hosted by the National Labour Commission (NLC) last Friday, October 14.

The meeting was called to discuss the Fuel, Vehicle Maintenance, and Off-Campus Allowances demanded by four labor unions: UTAG, Teachers and Educational Workers Union-Ghana (TEWU-GH), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), and Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG).

The labor unions said in a strike notice issued on Sunday, October 16, that the employer "has, once again, failed to adhere to the directive of the NLC."

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They stated that the Commission-called meeting ended "in a stalemate" due to government representatives' inability to present the "terms of payment" for the Vehicle Maintenance and Off-Campus Allowance.

The Commission had given the parties one week to complete negotiations and report back.

The four labor unions jointly issued a notice that stated, "It is important to note that up until the NLC hearing, the Employer had not responded to any of the letters of the labor unions or the request of the Commission for the Employer to respond to the labor unions' complaints.

They took note of the employer's suggestion to form a 10-member committee to address the Off-Campus Allowance, which was made at the meeting by the Minister of Education, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, and one of his deputies, the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Director General of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

The meeting came to a standstill because the labor union leaders opposed the "suggestion" and instead pushed for the enforcement of the GH10.99 adjusted fuel ex-pump rate in 2022.

As a result of the development, we are writing to inform you that all labor unions in Ghana's public universities intend to go on strike, which will start on Monday, October 17, 2022, because the employer has once again disobeyed the NLC's directive.

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