The Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWUG) has announced a nationwide strike set to commence on February 1, 2024.
The decision to strike stems from the government’s failure to address crucial concerns affecting the union’s members.
TEWUG cites the employer’s reluctance to attend to their welfare needs, including tier-two pension funds, vehicle maintenance allowance, and overtime allowance, among other pressing issues.
In solidarity, TEWUG will join forces with the Ghana Association of University Administrators, the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana, and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU-TUC) in the collective pursuit of addressing their grievances.
The impact of the strike is expected to affect essential services within tertiary institutions, such as environmental cleaning, classroom setup for teaching and learning, security services, and hospital services, among others.
The industrial action by various unions has sparked fears of an academic disruption at various public universities.
Already, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has closed down its basic school due to the ongoing strike.
A statement issued by the KNUST on Monday (January 29) says the closure will take effect from Tuesday, January 30.
Meanwhile, the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has called on the government to promptly address the concerns raised by members of SSA, TEWU and UTAG.
USAG emphasized that the prolonged delay in addressing these recommendations has led to frustration and discontent among university educators, who play a crucial role in shaping the intellectual foundation of the nation.
Kusi Adu, President of USAG, in a statement, urged the government to dialogue with representatives of SSA, TEWU, and UTAG.
The group called on the government to expedite the review and implementation of necessary adjustments to address the salary disparities highlighted in the report.
It could be recalled that the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff (FUSSAG) declared an indefinite nationwide strike on January 17, 2024.
In a related development, the Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), Ofosu Asamoah, has criticized the strike action by several education sector unions, deeming it both “unmeritorious” and potentially “unlawful.”
Mr. Asamoah highlighted the existence of an existing agreement between the concerned parties and expressed his disapproval of the sudden strike declarations, given the ongoing efforts to resolve the issues. He emphasized that the unions lacked justification for their actions as their concerns were already being addressed.