Senior staff at the public universities in the nation have announced a walkout for today.
Members of the Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Ghana were told to “go home” by their leadership at a press conference held at the University of Ghana’s main entrance.
The Association has joined a long list of public sector unions that have gone on strike in favor of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), which is equal to 20% of base pay.
Additionally, they are upset that the accrued interest on the arrears of Tier 2 pension has not been paid.
The members are also concerned about what they refer to as pay discrepancies at universities.
Hector Owoahene-Acheampong, general secretary of the association, stated at the news conference today that senior personnel in public universities are unfairly treated and that it is time to address their requests.
Due to the government’s inability to pay the 20% Cost of Living Allowance, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have ceased operations (COLA).
In light of this development, government negotiations were abandoned by representatives of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) due to their demand for a COLA.
The two organizations claim that the government betrayed their trust by asking them.
Amidst this development, some University students on Twitter are raising a motion for the University Teachers Association Of Ghana UTAG to join the strike.