The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) says it is resuming its suspended strike over the failure of the Ministry of Finance and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to pay its members without the existing public university allowances for the month of December 2019. TUTAG made this known in a letter dated December 23, 2019 with the statement:
“Under the circumstances where the government has refused to implement the National Labour Commission (NLC) ruling of October 28, 2019, we are informing you of the immediate resumption of our suspended strike,”
The letter, signed by the General Secretary of TUTAG, Mr Joseph Danso to the Executive Secretary of the NLC said on October 28, 2019, the commission expressly ruled that the Ministry of Finance and the government should pay lecturers in technical universities the same existing allowances as their counterparts in the public universities “with a specific roadmap beginning from December 2019 and subsequent arrears paid in January and February 2020 with the effective date from August 2019”.
“However salaries for December 2019 have been paid without the said allowances with no official communication to that effect,” the letter stated.
“We wish to inform you that the FWSC and the Ministry of Finance have blatantly refused to comply with your express ruling. You recall that in our letter dated November 27, 2019 we notified you of our intention to resume the suspended strike if the FWSC undermines the NLC ruling of October 28, 2019, and pay anything less than the existing public university allowances,” it said.
Reasons For The Initial Strike
The group declared a sit-down strike effective Tuesday, October 7, 2019, over poor condition of service following the conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the Chairman of the Greater Accra branch of TUTAG, Dr Ibrahim Zubairu, said there were anomalies in the migration onto the Public Service Salary Structure as some lecturers received only half of their salaries last month while others did not even get paid.
“The anomalies in the migration, last month, people received half salaries (this) should be corrected. Some didn’t even get salaries at all,” he told Citi news.
“…When you look at the salaries that we were paid for last September, we still are taking a rent allowance of 25 cedis for lecturers in Accra”.
He also said because they were public servants, there was the need for them to be treated as such.
TUTAG went on strike over the same issue in September last year.
The three unions — the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), the Technical Universities Administrators Association of Ghana (TUAAG) and the Technical Universities Senior Administrators Association of Ghana (TUSAAG) — declared the industrial action to drive home their demand for improved conditions of service to match the status of their institutions as public universities.
Source; Daily Graphic