Universities’ Senior Staff and Other Unions Suspend Strike as Government Addresses Grievances

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The unions had emphasized the need for urgent attention to these matters, arguing that they were crucial to the welfare and financial stability of their members.
The unions had emphasized the need for urgent attention to these matters, arguing that they were crucial to the welfare and financial stability of their members.
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The Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA_UoG) and the Teachers’ and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) have decided to suspend their ongoing strike following positive actions taken by the government to address their concerns.

The decision to suspend the strike comes after the government fulfilled its commitment to resolving the tier-2 pension and other outstanding allowances of the university’s senior staff, a long-standing issue that had prompted the strike action.

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The unions, including TEWU and other related associations, had embarked on a strike, citing concerns over the government’s neglect of pension issues and the alleged unjust termination of overtime allowances.

However, a series of protests and negotiations initiated by the unions led to a breakthrough in talks with the government.

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Mr. Ken Botchwey, Chairman of the University of Ghana Chapter of TEWU, spoke on behalf of the Senior Staff Association of the University of Ghana (SSA_UoG), TEWU, and FUSSAG, shedding light on the reasons behind the decision to suspend their two-week nationwide strike.

Mr. Botchwey explained that the unions decided to halt the strike in response to ongoing engagements with the National Labour Commission (NLC), showing their commitment to dialogue and negotiation.

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Ofosu Asamoah, the Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), played a crucial role in facilitating dialogue between the unions and the government.

After a meeting with the unions in Accra last month, Mr. Asamoah stated that the government had taken significant steps to resolve the issues raised by the unions.

“Following constructive discussions, the government has successfully addressed the tier-2 pension and other allowances for the Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana, TEWU. The progress made in resolving these matters has led to the decision by the union to suspend their strike,” stated Mr. Asamoah.

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The suspension of the strike comes as a relief to students, parents, and the academic community, as normalcy is expected to return to the affected universities.

The unions have expressed their intention to continue engaging in constructive dialogue with the government to address any remaining concerns and ensure the welfare of their members.

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