The meeting held between the University of Cape Coast Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana and the National Labour Commission has concluded without reaching a resolution.
The local chapter of the association has been expressing discontent over the delay by the university’s management in addressing negotiated allowances, conditions of service, and promotions for its members.
The association initiated a strike on April 13, but called it off a week later following engagements with the National Labour Commission. Sandy Kumi Sinatra, the Chairman of the association, disclosed that the NLC has set a deadline of June 21, 2023, for further discussions between the association and UCC’s management.
“On April 18, subsequent to the declaration of our strike, we were directed by the National Labour Commission to cease the strike and engage with the management of the University of Cape Coast. Although we met as instructed, many matters remain inconclusive in the opinion of both the association and the Commission,” explained Mr. Sinatra during a press briefing held on May 10.
He further stated, “Due to the unresolved issues, the Commission could not take a definitive stance on the matter and has requested that we continue dialogue with the university’s management and report back on June 21.”
Among the key concerns raised by the association is the progression of individuals with diploma or higher diploma qualifications within the senior staff rank from senior admin assistant to principal. This advancement is a common practice in other public universities, but the opposite seems to be happening at the University of Cape Coast.
The National Labour Commission has acknowledged the presence of errors in the Unified Scheme of Service and has advised the association to seek clarification from GTEC for proper interpretation.
As the association awaits further discussions, the tension between the University of Cape Coast Senior Staff Association and the university’s management remains unresolved. The hope is that the forthcoming engagements will lead to a mutually beneficial resolution that addresses the concerns of the aggrieved staff members.