The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has given a two-week ultimatum to the government to address grievance with regards to the Union’s condition of service to ensure effective teaching and learning in the Public Universities.
The Union in a press briefing on August 25, 2021, called on the government to respond swiftly to the concerns enumerated by TEWU to avert any further disruption of academic work on the various campuses across the country.
Mr. Mark Denkyira Korankye, the General Secretary of TEWU during the briefing in Accra, expressed worry about the way the Union has been neglected in the past few years.
“Since January when we embarked on our industrial action, the National Labour Commission invited us and the other negotiating parties and charged us to go back and re-enter negotiations.”
“However, on February 4, 2021, we re-entered negotiation on two major items, which are the non-basic allowance and the exposure to eminent hazard allowance”, he said.
He said after several meetings, the government officials decided to maintain their stance of giving them eight per cent on its non-basic allowance, which was earlier offered by the Chief of Staff in January, 2021, but the Union stated that the rate was not in sync with the tenet of negotiation.
On the advice of the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, he said, they formed a Technical Committee was set up to look at various options and they
recommended between 10 to 15 per cent increment on the Union’s non-basic allowance but noted that the government’s delay in implementing the recommendations is causing more harm than good to its members.
“Despite our resolve to pursue constructive engagement with all stakeholders in addressing our concerns, the posture of feet dragging by government agencies, tend to point to the obvious consequence of labour unrest,” he said.
He said authorities had always rejected them because they see their problems as secondary when there were discussions on policies, conditions of service and other interventions at the educational sector.