Striking SSA of public universities to resume work on June 14

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    The National Executive Committee of the senior staff association of public universities in Ghana has decided to call off its strike action.

    According to the national chairman Zakaria Mohammed, members have been directed to resume work on Monday, June 14, 2021.

    This decision has been necessitated by a fruitful discussion between the Association, the National Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission on Wednesday.

    Mr Zakaria Mohammed said they hope to bring finality to all their concerns by July 9, 2021.

    “We had deliberations with the National Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. We have agreed to resolve all the outstanding issues from June 30, and it is expected to end latest by July 9, so there will be no outstanding concerns responsible for the strike we had embarked on. So we want to tell our members that in principle the strike is off today so work will resume on Monday.”

    Background

    On Monday, May 18, the association declared an indefinite strike over the failure of the government to pay Tier 2 contributions of its members.

    Members of the association are also asking for the award of market premium and non-basic allowance as well as the finalization of negotiations of their conditions of service.

    This compelled the National Labour Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to meet with the leadership of the association on Wednesday, June 9, to resolve their grievances. This was after the NLC had earlier released a statement to that end.

    In the course of their strike action, the association noted that management in some universities had resorted to “vigorous intimidation and threat tactics against some of its striking members, with the sole aim to coerce and create fear and panic amongst its rank and file.”

    The association warned that if the above approach by management is not the approach ceased, it could “possibly destabilize the industrial harmony within the public universities in the country.”