Address our concern or witness the mother of all industrial action – Labour Unions in public Universities warn gov’t

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Education Address our concern or witness the mother of all industrial action – Labour Unions in public Universities warn govt
SEP 28, 2022 LISTEN

Four Labour Unions in the Public Universities in the country have expressed displeasure over what they say is the blatant unilateral variation of agreed conditions of service in the face of hostile economic conditions by the employer.

At a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, September 28, the Labour Unions threatened to stage an unprecedented industrial action to express their displeasure if their concerns are not addressed in the next one week.

The four aggrieved Labour Unions in the Public Universities that have threatened to take the action are the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU-GH), and the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG).

The Unions are aggrieved over the none payment of overtime allowance, the none payment of the Book and Research Allowances (BRA) for this year, revision of fuel allowance and vehicle maintenance allowance which is disadvantaging the majority of members contrary to an agreement already in place.

“We know the language that easily sinks in their psyche, and we will speak it in one (1) week if they fail to heed to their own agreement with us.

“The concerned Labour Unions are admonishing all the rank and file of their membership to remain calm and steadfast, that it will resist any attempt by the Employer to vary the terms of their agreed Conditions of Service without due process. The Unions also take this opportunity to advice the Employer to be circumspect as we do not take delight in disrupting the academic calendar, nevertheless when compelled to do so, we will not hesitate,” National President of UTAG, Prof. Solomon Nunoo told the media today.

National President of UTAG, Prof. Solomon NunooNational President of UTAG, Prof. Solomon Nunoo

He continued, “Therefore, the Employer should immediately rescind its intension to vary our conditions of service, else, teaching, and related activities on all the campuses will be withdrawn with effect from Wednesday, 5th October 2022.”

Speaking to the media at the press conference, UTAG General Secretary Prof. Ransford Gyampo expressed displeasure, insisting that the government has taken the Labour Unions for granted for too long.

He said, "It appears the country is being run by people who are not serious and so because they are not serious they take all of us also not to be serious.”

The Senior Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, urged stakeholders to immediately take action before the Labour Unions explode with their planned industrial action.

“They are giving evasive excuses and we have important Ministers who are looking on. When we explode they will come and beg. So we are telling the National Security Minister, we are telling the Minister of Education, the Minister of Finance and Minister for Employment, the head of the National Labour Commission, we are telling them that they can look on and wait for us to explode but this time the explosion will be more massive because we are doing it together with all the labour unions on the various campuses.

“So we have given them one-week ultimatum. Let’s see how it goes. The mother of all industrial action will be witnessed in this country,” Prof. Ransford Gyampo warns.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo