University senior staff declare nationwide strike

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Senior staff of the country’s public universities has declared a strike today.

At a news conference at the main entrance of the University of Ghana, members of the Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Ghana were asked by their leadership to “go home.”

The association joins a tall list of public sector labour unions demanding Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), calculated as 20% of basic salary.

They are also unhappy that accrued interests on Tier 2 pension arrears have not been paid.

The members are also worried about what they describe as university salary disparities.

At the news conference today, General Secretary of the association, Hector Owoahene-Acheampong, said senior staff in the public universities were unfairly treated, and the time is now to have their demands met.

The Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have laid down their tools over the failure of the government to pay them 20% of their basic salaries as Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

Regarding this development, representatives of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Graduate Association of Teachers (NAGRAT) walked out of the negotiation with the government over their demand for COLA.

The two associations have accused the government of betrayal of trust for asking them to call off their strike before negotiations.

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