Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has declared indefinite strike action over conditions of service including new rate of fuel allowance to Members of UTAG and TUTAG.
In statement signed by Surv. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Collins Ameyaw – TUTAG President and Abubakari Zakari (PhD) – TUTAG General Secretary to its members said, all efforts to ensure their conditions of service is address by government has fallen on death ears.
According to the Association, they have officially brought their issues before the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and copied to the Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Chairman of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, but nothing was done about it.
TUTAG reiterated that, issues raised in the letters to Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and other stakeholders have since not received any attention from the government agencies responsible is addressing the matter.
Leadership of TUTAG views the inaction by these agencies as an indication that the concerns expressed in their letter have not been treated with the seriousness they deserve.
The Association also said, they have officially notified National Labour Commission (NLC) and other stakeholders of their intended strike action in a letter dated 2nd September, 2022 but government was adamant in addressing their challenges, which was in relation to TUTAG’s demand for the implementation of the negotiated internally generated fund-related conditions of service.
Earlier, TUTAG directs that, the Minister of Finance (MoF) must ensure payment in January 2023 and should also ensure that it issues the necessary letters to the various University Councils within reasonable time to make budgetary provisions in the budget to take care of payments on the effective date. Even though January 2023 is less than two months away, and most universities are done with budget preparations for 2023, the Minister of Finance has still not issued the letter as directed by the NLC.
“It is important to state that a certain letter (electronic version), supposedly written by the Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC), was shown to the President at NLC, the content of the said letter was in sharp contrast with the negotiations done with the Governing Councils of the various universities.”
TUTAG again said, indeed, their checks from the listed recipients indicate that the said defective letter had not even been received.
They explained that, another letter dated 10th October 2022, on their intended strike action have still not been resolved by the government agencies.
In view of all these, and upon further deliberations by the National and Chapter Executives of TUTAG, they declare an indefinite strike action which takes immediate effect.