The Senior Staff Association, Universities of Ghana (SSAUoG) has declared an indefinite strike beginning Thursday January 21st 2021.
The association has thus issued a directive to all it members in the various public universities across the country including essential service providers to lay down their tools.
Speaking at an emergency meeting held at the University of Cape Coast on Thursday, Chairman of the branch association Sandy Kumi-Sinatra indicated that, the decision to embark on the industrial action is as a result of government’s failure to address their grievances which were earlier tabled for redress.
He said government’s refusal to gtrant them audience has left them with no option than to lay down their tools until their concerns are met.
In August 2020 the SSAUoG declared a similar strike action to press home their demands which included their market premium and non-basic allowance; payment of outstanding Tier 2contributions and the stoppage of migration of staff of public universities onto the payroll of the Controller and Accountant General’s department.
The National Labour Commission (NLC) at the time described the strike as illegal and went ahead to court to seek an order to end the strike by the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana.
Already, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union are on strike embarked due to the inability of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to conclude negotiations with them following engagements in June 2020 on the review of conditions of service for unionize staff of the public universities which expired in 2008.
With the arrival of students on campus, a prolonged strike action may have dire consequences on the academic calendar.