The University of Ghana chapter of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has rejected the government’s proposed 8% increase of their non-basic allowance.
The Union says that the government’s proposition is an insult to its members considering that other education staff unions were offered a higher percentage.
Chairman of UG local, Mr. Kenneth Botchway insists that until the government shows concrete commitment to increasing their conditions of service, members of the Union will not return to work.
“We cannot work yet because the government has not been able to meet our expectations, they’ve given our other counterparts 18%, our other colleagues at the Ghana Education Service 15% so why this 8%? We are telling Government that the 8 percent given is nothing to write home about and we have not agreed on 8%”
Kenneth Botchway says that further hesitation from the government in agreeing to their terms will leave them with no option other than to tell its members offering essential services to join the industrial action.
“We understand the nature and complexity of the University of which we are working. If we look at it and the government is not responding quickly, we are going to redraw all of them. If the government delays, our security personals, we are going to redraw them,” he added
TEWU members across all public universities, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, declared a nationwide strike in demand for better conditions of service.
Subsequently, national executives of the Union, on Monday, January 18, 2021, called off the action, saying that it had reached an agreement with the government.
But the University of Ghana chapter of the Union, says that no such agreement has been reached.
Their President, Kenneth Botchway, says that they will not return to work until they get a concrete commitment from the government.