NLC orders SSA-UoG to call off strike action

The National Labour Commission says the strike by the Senior Staff Association of the University of Ghana(SSA-UoG) is illegal

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The National Labour Commission has ordered the Senior Staff Association of the University of Ghana(SSA-UoG) to call off its ongoing strike action.

In a statement released on June 8, 2021, and signed by its Executive Secretary, Hon. Ofosu Asamoah, the commission directed SSA-UoG not to only withdraw a directive made earlier to the essential services providers in the university, but also to call off its ongoing strike action and appear before the commission on Wednesday, 9th June 2021 at 3.00 pm.

“The National Labour Commission in the exercise of its powers under section 139(d) of the Labour Act, 2003(Act 651) wishes to draw the Association’s attention to a contravention of section 127(3) and hereby directs the SSA-UoG to not only withdraw the said directive to the essential services providers but to also call off the ongoing strike immediately…” the statement noted.

The SSA-UoG has extended its strike action and further issued a directive to its members providing essential services in the Public universities to “completely lay down their tools with immediate effect until further notice” despite its negotiation with the FWSC.

President of the Senior Staff Association, George Ansong mentioned the government’s inability to address concerns about their market premium, pensions and other outstanding challenges, as the reason for their strike action.

“The reason we have taken the decision to go on industrial action is because our concerns surrounding Tier II pension from 2010-2016 has not been addressed.

He added that they feel been deceived because the Labour Commission which promised that within two months, they should have finished negotiations.

The NLC’s statement is meanwhile copied to the Ministers of Education, Employment and Labour relations and the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.

The commission notes that failure to abide by this directive will enforce compliance.