The Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU-GH), the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), and the Senior Staff Association-Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) are jointly expressing their dissatisfaction over unpaid allowances. They’ve threatened to halt their services until their demands are met.
The government has only partially paid the arrears and reverted to the old rates last month, according to the unions. This has led to escalating tensions and a deepening sense of mistrust among union members across all public university campuses in the country.
The unions have given the government until Sunday, October 15, to address their concerns. If their demands are not met, they will withdraw all their services. The unions have expressed disappointment over the government’s disregard for an agreement signed between them.
This agreement was allegedly ignored by several agencies including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.
This announcement was made during a joint press conference held in Accra. The unions claim that the government has failed to fully uphold its end of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on December 8, 2022. They had agreed to a nine-month moratorium, from November 2022 to July 2023, before the implementation of the new rate and its arrears.