The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has declared an indefinite nationwide strike to demand better conditions of service.
According to the Union, they have since June 2019, been in discussion with the Fair wages and Salaries Commission for a review of their working conditions which expired in 2008.
All efforts have however proved futile.
At the University of Ghana today, a task force was sent around campus to make sure that all TEWU members who were on the grounds working, put a stop to it.
Speaking to the media at the University of Ghana on Wednesday, January 13, 2020, President of the UG TEWU, Kenneth Botchway lamented the government’s decision to consolidate allowances enjoyed by TEWU members.
“Our lecturers have now received an 18% non-academic basic allowance but the little allowances TEWU and FUSSAG members used to enjoy, the government claims they have consolidated it. But how come the allowances of these senior members have not been consolidated? Upon all the allowances they enjoy, you are also giving them a non-academic basic allowance. The registrars also asked for this and they were also given this 18% allowance. We agree that we cannot have the same salary as lecturers but we need to be treated fairly! The right thing must be done. We will collect our 18% allowance before go back to work”
On the Impact of the strike on students, National General Secretary of the Union, Mark Dankyira Korankye said “we all have our children in the University, and we are much concerned but our welfare needs must also be attended to. We cannot sacrifice our welfare needs for the concerns of their students. So let our concerns be attended to and we will also attend to the concerns and needs of our students. In any case, we are also paying the school fees and we will need money to pay the fees”
The UG Chapter of the Senior Staff Association, Universities of Ghana (SSAUoG) also pledged their full support to the TEWU. Financial Secretary elects of the Association Gladys Alantia made this known.
“We are here to support the TEWU to fight this course. We will not sit down for them to cheat us every day. Don’t worry at all the whole association is with you”
Security personnel, hospital workers as well as payroll staff are however exempted from the strike.
Story by: Eunice Young | universnewsroom.com