The Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana, (SSA-UoG) has declared a nationwide strike starting today, January 21, 2021.
UG- SSA announced the withdrawal of their services with immediate effect.
“I wish on behalf of the National Executive Council, to announce the withdrawal of our services with immediate effect. This has become necessary in view of the following concerns. Non-payment of tier-two pension arrears, delay in the award of market premium and non-basic allowance, failure by FWSC to engage us on condition of service. For the avoidance of doubt, members are hereby required to lay down their tools until further notice,” a statement from the group read.
The First Vice Chairman of the Association, Mohammed Zakaria, made the announcement in Tamale and told journalists they will remain home until their concerns are addressed.
The strike is a result of outstanding Tier-2 contributions of its retired members.
The Association is also demanding an improved market premium and non-basic allowance as well as the migration of public universities onto the Controller and Accountant General payroll system.
According to Mr. Zakaria, the strike has become necessary also due to delay in the award of market premium and non-basic allowance, failure by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to engage them on their condition of service.
The Senior Staff Association has in the past complained of unfavourable policies that are responsible for the deteriorating conditions of its members.
It also noted the lack of study leave with pay, medical care for staff and families among others as issues that needed addressing.
In October, the National Labour Commission secured an injunction to stop the association’s last strike attempt claiming it had not been informed of the intended strike.