TEWU calls off strike

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), has called off its strike.

This followed the commencement of negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to have their concerns addressed.

The reversal of the week-old strike was in line with the principles of negotiations stipulating that aggrieved groups should not be on strike, while negotiations to address their concerns were underway.

“We have decided to call off our strike because the commission has started negotiating with us, and the rule is that when you are negotiating, you must not be on strike.

Mrs. Bernice Welbeck,Acting Executive Secretary,NLC

Mrs. Bernice Welbeck,Acting Executive Secretary,NLC

“So because of that, we are resuming work on Monday,” the president of the union, Mr. Peter Lumor, told journalists in Accra on Friday, after the meeting with the FWSC and Vice Chancellors, Ghana.

Mr. Lumor said, “TEWU as a responsible union which respects the labour laws, return to work,” he said and hoped the Salaries Commission would stick to its side of the bargain ahead of another meeting scheduled for Thursday.

“For the first time, we saw some seriousness attached to the talks by the Salaries Commission and we pray that the level of seriousness would continue on Thursday, so that we will once and for all, reach an amicable solution, to the impasse so we can return to work peacefully,” Mr. Lumor stressed.

The short-lived industrial action was to get the attention of stakeholders to their concerns and that has been achieved, he noted.

The union, last monday, instructed its members across public universities to lay down their tools to press home their demand for a redress in the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.

The union was, however, ordered by the Labour Commission to return to work after the commission deemed their action illegal.

But in the view of Mr. Lumor, the Labour Commission has not been fair in discharging its duties.

“The same Labour Commission  knows that the labour laws says that when an aggrieved party in a labour dispute writes to you, within 14 days you must respond,” he said referring to the failure of the FWSC to respond to their letters of correspondence after several weeks.

According to TEWU, since the implementation of the salary structure in 2010, there has been “distortions, disparities and widening salary gaps” between junior and senior staff members at the public universities in the country.

Their return to work is expected to bring normalcy to administrative and other non-teaching related activities to the public universities.

Mr. Lumor meanwhile has denied reports that the TEWU walked out of the talks last Friday.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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