A nationwide strike has also been declared by the Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWUG).
As a result, they have joined the industrial action alongside the Senior Staff Association and the Ghana Association of University Administrators.
According to the Union, the government’s refusal to address its pension and service demand conditions has made the action necessary.
“The labor unions in the public universities wrote to the National Labour Commission (NLC) in October 2023, in demand of implementation of a ruling by the Commission concerning payment of Vehicle Maintenance Allowance, Off-Campus Allowance, payment of Tier 2 pension funds and payment of Overtime/Extra duty Allowance to deserving staff in the public universities but no positive response has come out of it,” said Sulemana Abdul-Rahman, National Chairman of TEWUG, speaking to the media in Kumasi.
“The sheer failure of the National Labour Commission/government to comply with the ruling and address the demands of the three labour Unions in the public Universities namely; Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), TEWUG and SSA- UoG had left us with no option than to lay down our tools”.
In an effort to “advocate for workers’ rights,” TEWUG has decided to discontinue all of its services at all public universities as of February 1.
In response to the government of Ghana’s inaction in addressing the issues and concerns faced by TEWUG members at traditional public universities, Abdul Rahman stated, “The Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWUG) hereby declare an indefinite nationwide strike effective on Thursday, 1st February 2024, until further notice.”