Four public university labor organizations have announced their intent to go on a historic strike starting on Thursday, October 13, 2022.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday, they said: “This provides employers and all stakeholders in tertiary education in Ghana one vital week to reverse the decision that aims to adversely compromise the conditions of employment of university workers.”
The government should settle the outstanding online teaching support allowance (OTSA) and non-payroll allowances owed by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU), and the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG).
The unions ask the government, among other things, to implement the March agreement on the implementation of the market premium or revise the Single Spine Salary Structure in 2023, as well as resolve the payment of the Book and Research Allowance for 2022.
The unions convened on September 28 at the University of Professional Studies in Accra, where they intended to begin the strike on October 5.
According to them, the government will have more time to reconsider its “blatant general alteration of agreed conditions of service in the light of the unfriendly economic conditions” as a result of the commencement date’s rescheduling.
In a statement released earlier, the unions added, “We know the language that readily seeps in their brain, and we will utter it in one (1) week if they fail to hearken to their own commitment with us.”
The four labor unions asserted that Vice-Chancellors now apply the ex-pump approved rate of 10.99 just to fuel allowance without taking car maintenance and off-campus allowances into account.
They demand that the Vice-Chancellors correct this behavior or risk having their services completely withdrawn from all Ghanaian public universities.
“Meanwhile, the national leadership of the labour unions in the public universities in Ghana entreat all members to stay calm and cooperate with leadership as we navigate this trying moment.”