Public universities in Ghana rocked by strike after senior staff gave up resources to pressure government

The Senior Staff Association of Universities in Ghana and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana are notable, following previous threats and complaints about working conditions.

The strike announcement came on January 17, 2024. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

The union wants overdue interest on its paid pension contributions to be repaid in line with the Pension Act.

It wants the government to urgently pay all outstanding debts and premiums, together with the associated interest, from February to December 2023.

The union also stressed that the delays require the government to implement the three percent penalties set out in the Pension Act, Act 766 section 64.

It also wants the policy of abolishing overtime pay reversed by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.

So far, Donkoh said his members are adhering to the order to withdraw their services.

“As we talk now, they are at home, they are resting, and we are waiting for the government's response, then we will know what the next thing is to do.” “There is no negotiation in this strike. We are not going to negotiate on this issue because the government is at fault… so if they pay, and they show us proof of payment, then we are good to go.”

In an earlier statement said the Senior Staff Association said it would strike from January 15, 2024 if its concerns were not addressed.

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It was also stated that the government did not pay Tier 2 contributions between 2010 and 2016, and paid only simple interest without penalty when settling the arrears.

The union expects that administrative processes such as processing admissions and fees will be affected by the strike.

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