In response to the 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has mandated that its members go on an indefinite strike.
Additionally, they demand that the government pay the interest that accumulated on their tier two pension arrears from 2016 to 2021.
The Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana’s decision takes the total number of unions currently on strike over COLA demands to five.
Speaking to the media, the Association’s National Chairman, Isaac Donkoh, encouraged members to stop working until they received encouragement from the government.
The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission allegedly threatened to withhold all salaries if the strike was publicized, according to the Association.
Some association members challenged the commission to do so in media interviews.
“Today, the Senior Staff of Public Universities will address you. I want to make this clear to all our workers. With this particular strike, we will not exempt any staff. Teaching staff, you are going home. Principal staff, you are going home. Drivers, you are going home.”
“Yesterday they threatened to freeze our salaries [if we embark on strike] and we will tell them we are capable [of declaring the strike]. We have said if we do not hear anything positive from them, we will lay down our tools. We are demanding 20 percent COLA and nothing else.”
The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives is one of the organizations that has joined calls from some public sector workers for the government to pay them the 20% stipend.