4 labour unions declare indefinite strike over unpaid allowances

Some four major public university worker unions have declared an indefinite strike over unpaid allowances effective today, October 17, 2022.

The strike action is to demand fuel, vehicle maintenance, and Off-Campus allowances.

The four unions are the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU), the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG), and the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA).

The unions have discarded an earlier strike threat after a meeting with the National Labour Commission ‘(NLC).

“However, the Employer failed to present the terms of payment for the Vehicle Maintenance and Off-Campus Allowances, which are the main issues in contention, as directed by the NLC,” a statement signed by leaders of the four unions released on Sunday, October 16, 2022, said.

The government through the NLC suggested the formation of a 10-member committee to address only the Off-Campus Allowance.

The Employer [government] has, “once again, failed to adhere to the directive of the NLC”.

“As a result of this development, we write to communicate that the intended strike action of all Labour Unions in the public universities in Ghana is to commence from Monday, 17th October 2022 as the Employer has, once again, failed to adhere to the directive of the NLC”, the statement instructed.

Read the press statement below:

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