TEWU begins indefinite strike

The Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) in the country’s public universities yesterday began an indefinite strike as directed by their leaders over inconsistencies in the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

When The Ghanaian Times visited the University of Ghana (U-G) yesterday Monday, morning, the whole atmosphere was calm since serious academic work was yet to start as school just re-opened.

But the Chairman of TEWU, Legon branch, Mr. Ken Botchway, told The Ghanaian Times that the strike would continue until the distortions, disparities and widening gap between junior and senior staff at public universities were addressed.

He said TEWU , had for the past three years, tried to resolve the matter amicably, but the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) was not keeping part of its bargain, hence the strike action as the last resort.

Mr. Botchway said the FWSC, after their previous   meetings, directed that the human resource unit of the universities furnished it with details of members which was duly complied with, therefore, what was keeping them from implementing what they themselves agreed to do.

“The union would no more tolerate this type of injustice metted out to its members. We have been unfairly treated since the implementation of the SSSS”.

From Tamale, Yakubu Abdul-Majeed reports that members of the University for Development Studies (UDS) also joined the nationwide strike by their national union.

A visit by The Ghanaian Times to the UDS central administration revealed that many of the TEWU members did not even show up on campus.

The few ones who were present were seen sitting aloof without taking part in any official activity currently going on.

A senior staff of UDS who pleaded anonymity said the TEWU strike had affected normal work.

He indicated that many of the offices could not be cleaned as a result of the strike  while security personnel abandoned their posts.

From Kumasi, Kingsley Hope reports that TEWU executives of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technolgy( KNUST), TEWU branch has also ordered its members to lay down their tools.

What has aggravated the situation is the fact that staff at the KNUST  hospital, who are members of TEWU, have all been asked to stay off work.

Similarly,  all the security workers have also been asked to suspend their work.

Mr. Charles Arthur, local union chairman, told The Ghanaian Times that the workers have been asked to stay off work until they have been asked to resume work.

He said they were prepared to resume work only when they would be hooked onto the single spine scheme.

At the time of filing this report the executives were in a crunch meeting over the issue.

Members of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) of the University of Cape Coast yesterday began their strike action in accordance with directive given by their mother Union, reports David Yarboi Tetteh.

After reporting to work early yesterday, the workers were given notice by their executives of their intention of embarking on the strike action.

At around 2 p.m. when The Ghanaian Times visited the campus of the university, most of the workers had left to their various homes while a few were conversing among themselves about the strike action.

TEWU members of the various offices and halls visited were said to have reported to work but had to move out in support of the strike action.

One of the workers who gave his name as Joe Achempong, claimed that they were determined to pursue the strike action until the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission address their concerns.

He also expressed their commitment in joining the demonstrations declared by organised labour to demand the removal of the fuel tax imposed by government recently as well as a reduction in water and electricity tariffs.

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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