Senior staff of universities resume work after a three-week strike

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The National Executive Council of the Universities of Ghana Senior Staff Association (SSA-UoG), has today resumed work following a memorandum of agreement with the Education Ministries and the Employment and Labour Relations.

The three-week strike commenced on July 13, 2022, over demand for a 20% cost of living allowance (COLA) however after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on July 25, 2022, which was further consented by its National Executive Council, the association decided to suspend it.

The association members joined other unions across the nation to demand the payment of a 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

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Although the government appealed to the striking members to return to their post whilst it engaged them to meet their demands but the association declined and noted it had other outstanding issues.

The group alluded to the non-payment of tier 2 pension arrears and contractual agreements among the reasons for their continued industrial action.

However a letter issued on July 26, 2022, and signed by the National Chairman of the association, Isaac Donkor, directed all members to suspend their industrial action with immediate effect.

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“This follows the various interventions made by the Ministers of Education, Employment, and Labour Relations which led to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on July 25, 2022, which was further consented by its National Executive Council, resulting in a road map that serves as a guide to ensure fairness in a speedy resolution of all the impasses between both parties.”

“We will continue to engage faithfully with the government and other relevant stakeholders in its pursuit of justice, fairness, and equity in the salaries and allowances of senior staff,” the statement reads.

The association therefore, directs all senior staff across the public universities in Ghana to resume work effective today, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, without further delay.

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