Four teacher unions declare strike
The Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Ghana (SSA UOG) has berated the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Benjamin Arthur, for allegedly threatening to withhold the salaries of workers under the union should they decide to embark on a strike.
The National Chairman of SSA UOG, Isaac Donkor, who announced the declaration of a strike by his union, said that the threat of the Fair Wages boss was one of the reasons why they decided to suspend their services until further notice.
“The CEO of FWSC, Ing Ben Arthur, has threatened to withhold all salaries of senior staff if we embark on strike. We believe that his posture was intimidating and also an affront to the position he occupies as a public officer who preaches equity but practices none. We are daring him on his claim.
“In our candid opinion, … allowance to selected few within the senior staff associations in public universities and our compatriots in other unions is unscientific and discriminatory. We, therefore, ask government to act fairly towards senior staff in public universities,” he said.
Already, four pre-tertiary teacher unions (Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana, and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union) have been on strike since July 4, 2022, to press home their demands for a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
Other labour unions, including the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU), have served notice of their intent to embark on strikes over the same demand.
Meanwhile, the government has called for calm amongst the agitating labour unions while seeking to address their concerns through engagements.
The demand for a 20% COLA according to the labour unions, is due to the rising cost of living in the country.