TEWU Declares Nationwide Strike; Public Universities Likely to face Closure


The Teachers Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU) has announced a nationwide strike set to commence on February 1, 2024, affecting public universities across the country.

The decision to strike was made in response to the government’s failure to address critical issues affecting the welfare of TEWU members.

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Sulemana Abdul Rahman, the national leader of TEWU, emphasized that work will resume only when their concerns are adequately addressed.

Among the grievances cited are the government’s neglect of welfare demands, including tier-two pension funds, vehicle maintenance allowances, and overtime pay.

Consequently, services such as cleaning tertiary institutions’ environments, setting up classrooms for teaching and learning, providing security services, and hospital services have been withdrawn.

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TEWU has joined forces with the Ghana Association of University Administrators, the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana, and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU-TUC) to carry out the strike.

In a statement released by TEWU’s president, it was declared that an indefinite strike will be in effect from February 1 until further notice, following an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council.

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The union expressed frustration with the government’s lack of urgency in addressing the challenges faced by TEWU members in traditional universities.

The strike is expected to have a significant impact on the public universities and could lead to disruptions in various essential services provided to students and faculty.

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