The Technical University Teacher’s Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has today Friday November 18, 2022, declare indefinite strike.
This follows the government’s inaction on their part to meet them deliberate for the payment of their condition of service allowance related to Internal Generated Fund (IGF), Off-Campus allowance, Fuel allowance and Vehicle maintenance allowance.
Addressing the media at a press conference, the Secretary of Takoradi Technical University, Dr. Boakye Yiadom said, they have on many occasions received invitation from the government for deliberation but anytime they go the Ministry of Finance would not honour the invitation.
He explained that the Ministry of Finance was directed to ensure the payment of their allowance in January 2023, and should also ensure that it issues the necessary letters to the various University Councils within reasonable time to make budgetary provisions in the budget to take care of payments on the effective date.
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom stressed that, even though the effective date is less than two months away, and most universities are done with budget preparations for 2023, the Ministry of Finance has still not issued the letter as directed by the NLC.
He described the action of the government as unfair treatment which depict to them that the government see the Technical University Teacher’s Association of Ghana (TUTAG) as second-class citizen.
He said, the Takoradi Chapter of the Association in an engagement with the National executives have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike.
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom called on the members of the association to stop all activities on campus as the strike action begins with immediate effect.
“This is an indefinite strike, and we don’t expect any of our members to be seen in the classroom or engaging in any other activities that concerns the school.”
He commended the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum and his deputy for been consistent to the meeting.
He said, TUTUG can no longer continue to wait because their members who are on retirement are dying.
He stressed that the education ministry has done their part, but the Finance Ministry that is responsible for payment is delaying the process.
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom indicated that they are not going to partake in any activities until they are satisfied with what the government will tell them about their demands.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew O. A. Dadzie