The Technical University Workers’ Association of Ghana (TUWAG) has served notice of a sit-down strike next week in solidarity with their counterparts thus the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG).
This move the group said is part of the efforts to support the teachers push for the swift migration of its members unto the conditions of service of public universities.
This note follows as an early nationwide sit down strike declared by the technical university teachers on September 14, 2018, following the refusal of Government to offer them the same conditions of service as lecturers in public universities.
Speaking to Citi news, the president of the TUWAG, Nana Kwapong Offei Boahene called for an immediate stakeholder consultation to implement the road map towards their migration.
“We as unions have pass through all the various labour steps so far as negotiation is concerned. The officers are not cooperating with us and there is nothing more they can do than to go on strike and we say that we support the strike very well because the conditions applicable to them is same to us,” he said.
He added that the association has not been on strike yet because of a 7-day incubation process. “We are not yet on strike because we are waiting for the incubation days of 7 days which is still not yet in after several requests. If they still don’t call us by then, we will all join the strike action so that those officers concerned will sit us down and make sure the migration process is started”.
The decision by TUTAG to embark on the strike was due to a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Dr Solomon A. Keelson, National President of TUTAG, explaining that the Association had been denied the required conditions of service for Public Universities since it was upgraded from Polytechnics to Technical Universities.
“We submitted a letter dated August 29, 2018, notifying the National Labour Commission (NLC) of our intention to embark upon industrial action to press home our demand for immediate migration.
“We subsequently received a letter from the NLC dated August 30, 2018, summoning us to a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We attended upon this summons but the NLC failed or neglected to sit and hear our case, and left us stranded at the offices of the Commission,” the statement said.
The statement explained that it is in view of this, that the association has declared an indefinite sit-down strike, having followed the requirements of the labour laws of Ghana.