The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) has declared its intention to embark on a nationwide strike beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
TEWU says the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to conclude negotiation on their demands for better conditions of service has necessitated the decision.
TEWU Local Union Chairman at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Charles Arthur said for “every public university, the members of TEWU will embark on a strike come Wednesday.”
Mr. Arthur told ABC News the strike will continue until their demands are met.
He explained that the simple reason for their decision is that their conditions of service has ended and they have informed the employer but till date there is no conclusion on the way forward so they will lay their tools down until the employer is ready for their services.
According to him, they have since 2019 presented their proposal to FWSC regarding their expired conditions of service, adding last year the President gave a directive for issues regarding conditions of service to be concluded in March 2020, but till date FWSC has not followed the President’s directive.
Charles Arthur said they have fulfilled all the legal and formal requirement regarding seeking redress to their issues at hand but the employer has failed to play ball, so the only option left is a strike action.
“By law we are required to give the employer and the Labour Commission seven days’ notice before our strike and we have done that and the seven days has a expired,” he said. “The formal negotiation has broken down and Fair Wages will be in the position to explain why.”