The Tertiary Education Workers Union of Ghana (TEWUG) has made a significant announcement, declaring a nationwide strike set to commence on February 1, 2024. The decision to strike is a result of the government’s failure to address crucial concerns affecting the union’s members.
TEWUG highlights the employer’s reluctance to attend to vital welfare needs, including tier-two pension funds, vehicle maintenance allowance, and overtime allowance, among other pressing issues.
Solidarity Across Unions:
In solidarity, TEWUG will join forces with the Ghana Association of University Administrators, the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana, and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU-TUC) in a collective pursuit to address their grievances.
The strike’s impact is anticipated to affect essential services within tertiary institutions, including environmental cleaning, classroom setup for teaching and learning, security services, and hospital services.
Sulemana Abdul-Rahman, the national chairman of TEWU, announced the indefinite strike at a press conference, emphasizing the lackadaisical nature of the employer, leading to the union’s decision.
Academic Disruption and School Closure:
The strike has sparked fears of an academic disruption in various public universities. Notably, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has already closed down its basic school due to the ongoing strike.
Closure Announcement by KNUST:
A statement issued by KNUST informs the University Community and the general public about the closure of the KNUST Basic School, effective from Tuesday, January 30, 2024.