Universities’ senior staff threaten another strike over ‘unfavourable’ service conditions

The Senior Staff Association of Public Universities in Ghana (SSA-UoG) has expressed its unhappiness with what they call the snail pace of negotiations with the government.

The union had in October threatened to embark on a strike over the failure of the government to address the concerns of the association.

Their demands include the award of a market premium, the payment of Tier 2 arrears from 2010-2016, and the restoration of migration of payroll of Public Universities unto the Controller and Accountant General’s Payroll System.

Speaking to Citi News on the ongoing negotiations the National Chairman of the Senior Staff Association-Universities of Ghana, Abdul-Majeed Yussif said the agencies have not shown a commitment to resolving their issues.

“We have engaged the National Council for Tertiary Education and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission as well. But the pace of the response to our plea is what is quite worrying, but we understand that these are usually to be expected. Most of the people involved in this are politicians, and we are in a political season, so we are not so surprised.”

“But especially with respect to the Tier 2 payment, we are still following up on that. As law-abiding citizens, we have complied with the directives by the Labour Commission. If our grievances are not addressed in time, we reserve the right as workers to wipe out”, he said.

Members of the Association backed down on their earlier decision to protest the government’s failure to address what they describe as pertinent labour issues after the National Labour Commission (NLC) secured an injunction against them.

The NLC indicated it had not been notified of the strike hence, directed the association to appear before it.

Among the concerns of the association is what they say are “unfavourable policies responsible for the deteriorating conditions of its members.”


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