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Universities Senior Staff Threaten Strike Action

The Senior Staff Association—Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) has threatened to lay down their tools in mid-January if the government fails to address concerns about their unpaid Tier-2 Pension contributions and reinstitute overtime allowance.

In a press statement, the group said it will be compelled to withdraw its services from January 15, 2024, if their concerns are not addressed.

Unpaid Contributions
According to the Association, its National Executive Council (NEC) were informed about the government’s failure to pay their Tier 2 contributions to the Board of Trustees to manage the funds during a meeting in November 2023.

The non-payment, it said, had been in place since February 2023.

It grieved that its members’ “years of dedicated service have come to nought for our 2020 to 2023 retirees, who have been denied their rightful lump sums and left to face abject poverty and illness in their twilight years.”

Overtime Allowance
Additionally, the group are up for the reinstitution of overtime allowance which has been scrapped, plugging their members into hardship, it said.

“University Senior Staff were dealt a blow when the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) abruptly directed university management to cut off overtime allowance for weekend and holiday work. This unilateral alteration of our established Conditions of Service creates significant uncertainty and hardship for dedicated staff.”

This, it asserts, violates the Labour Act.

The SAA is demanding that the government honour all outstanding contributions together with the appropriate interest using the three per cent penalty rates as stipulated by the Pension’s Act, Act 766 section 64, unlike the use of simple interest rates when a similar incident occurred over Tier- 2 pensions for 2010-2016.

It also wants the government to prioritize the recalculation of accrued interest on Tier- 2 pensions for 2010-2016, as agreed upon in the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed on July 25, 2022 and the immediate payment of outstanding arrears to retirees.

Additionally, it demanded the withdrawal of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) decision to scrap overtime allowance for senior staff.

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