The Teachers and Educational Workers Union of Ghana, (TEWU) has threatened a possible demonstration over a a directive by National Council for Tertiary Education for the suspension of payment for overtime work to senior staff of the various public universities across the country.
In the said letter which is dated February 1st, 2019 and signed by the Executive Secretary of NCTE, Prof. Mohammed Salifu, the attention of university managements were drawn to Paragraph 4.2.3 of the Administrative rules and Procedures for Implementing Categories 2 and 3 Allowances in Public Service which indicates that “Senior Staff (employees on the Single Spine Grade Structure Level 16 and above) shall not be eligible for Overtime Allowance, since they assign responsibilities to subordinates”
The letter, which were copied to nine major public universities in the country including the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, further advised university managements to comply with the directive, otherwise there risk suffering a delay in processing their monthly payroll subvention requests.
In an interview with the General Secretary of the University of Ghana, Legon branch of TEWU, Mr. Zakaria Naa Gumah, he mentioned that the University management confirmed to them that they had receive the directive from the NCTE asking them to stop the payment of overtime allowances to senior staff.
He added that TEWU and the Federation of University Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG) will embark on a demonstration if the NCTE does not rescind on its decision.
According to Mr. Zakaria Naa Gumah, the executive of the University of Ghana, Legon and Korle-Bu branch of TEWU will hold an emergency meeting to determine their immediate next line of action.
“For me, I basically want to say that it is a misconstrued perception of the university setting for them [NCTE] to assume that senior staff is senior members and that’s going to be a very big mistake. Now, the signal we are picking is that this month people were not paid their money and that’s what we are going to sit down and meet immediately to decide or to come up with a decision and its possible that a demonstration will be part of the decision”. He said.
Mr. Zakaria Naa Gumah also questioned the understanding of the National Council for Tertiary Education and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission on the setting of the University status. or a deliberate attempt on their part to collapse the public Universities.
“We have two things here, its either the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and NCTE do not understand the setting of the university or it is a deliberate attempt to collapse the universities”.
Read the full statement from NCTE below:
By: Nicholas Brown | universnewsroom.com