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18.08.2004 General News

TEWU and FUSSAG to continue with strike action

By GNA

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA - The University of Ghana, Legon Branch of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG) on Tuesday resolved to continue with their strike action until salary arrears owed them from January 2004 to June 2004 and new salaries and arrears due to their members at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, were paid in full.

A resolution issued and signed by the General Secretary of TEWU of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr Daniel Ayim Antwi and the Federal President of FUSSAG, Mr Dominic Otomfo Essel, said other universities had implemented the new salary increases but the Management of the UDS had strangely failed to implement them.

Both organisations expressed their disappointment at the failure of the Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) to live up to a resolution they adopted earlier on at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi on June 24, 2004, in which they promised that the salary arrears would be paid on or before the end of July 2004.

When the resolution was read to the members at the main entrance of the University of Ghana by the Local Branch Chairman of TEWU, Mr Peter Lumor, the entire membership of TEWU and FUSSAG decided to march to the Central Administration of the University of Ghana to present the resolution to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Ofori Sarpong, who received it on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Ofori Sarpong told the membership of TEWU/FUSSAG that the Vice-Chancellor Professor Asenso-Okyere had earlier on left to the Ministry of Finance to deliver an audit report the Sector Minister had demanded to enable him to effect payment.

Professor Ofori Sarpong told the members that the VCG was meeting in Accra to hurriedly work hard to make sure that salary arrears of all the State Universities in Ghana were paid to so that the academic calendar would not be disrupted.

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