The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has declared an indefinite strike over “poor conditions of service.”
The Union says it has been negotiating with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission since June 2019 on the possibility of reviewing the condition of service for its members but there has not been progress.
The Conditions of Service for the Unionised Staff of the Public Universities expired in 2008 and there is the need to review it, TEWU National Secretary, Mark Korankye, has said.
“We feel we are not being treated fairly, and we think that government must take us seriously,” he said.
He noted: “Until government sits with us to review the conditions of service in total and to also attend to the needs that we have put across, we are going to lay down our tools.”
“The labourer on the ground is also ensuring that students and lecturers live in a clean environment and a healthy environment for teaching and learning to go on so if you think that it is the lecturers that matter, I am afraid you are making a mistake,” Mr. Korankye added.
Meanwhile, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has described the indefinite strike as illegal, saying the action breaches the Labour Act of Ghana.
Reacting to the strike, the FWSC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Edward Kwapong said: “Even where there is a deadlock, you go first to the National Labour commission for them first to mediate and give a ruling.”