Following a meeting in Accra on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of the NLC, Ofosu Asamoah, spoke to reporters, emphasizing the importance of the unions calling off the strike to engage in negotiations with the government. According to Mr. Asamoah, it is a legal requirement that unions cannot negotiate while on strike.
Call off strike and let's negotiate - NLC to Teacher Unions
The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress, the Senior Staff Association of Public Universities and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff, have been directed by the National Labour Commission (NLC) to end their current strike.
Mr. Asamoah also highlighted the government's willingness to negotiate and expressed confidence that the unions would comply with the directive. He outlined the progress made, stating, "The first one, your allowances have been resolved, the UMAT and the UCC have been solved. The third one, which is in issue, the party against whom you are says I am guilty; however, let’s sit down and know how to correct it.”
General Secretary of TEWU, Mark Korankye, mentioned that the unions would consult their members before arriving at a final decision. He stated, “NLC has given directives that the Ministry of Finance should meet with us to discuss and resolve the matter by the 1st of February. To the unions, the Commission says call off your strike.”
“Before we can make any pronouncement on that, since we are only representatives here, we have to go and confirm with our rank and file and other leaders who are not here. So we are going to call a meeting of our members probably tomorrow or Friday, and then we will discuss what transpired here,”
The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress, the Senior Staff Association of Public Universities and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff are on an industrial action due to alleged neglect of pension concerns and the perceived unjust termination of overtime allowances.
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