The Teachers and Educational Workers Union, TEWU of Ghana has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over the government’s failure to release the second tier contributions of technical universities’ staff.
TEWU in a statement copied Ghanatalksbusiness, said the Board of Trustees of the Ghana Polytechnic Workers’ Pension Scheme had made several efforts to get the contributions paid but to no avail.
The statement added that the union has been neglected in negotiations between government and staff of the technical universities who are on strike with regards to the upgrade of their salaries and benefits.
What is 2nd tier contributions
The Second Tier is a defined contributory Occupational Pension Scheme mandatory for workers with 5% contribution made on behalf of members. The contribution is managed privately by approved Trustees.
Below is the full statement from TEWU
PRESS RELEASE ON SERIOUS CONCERNS OF UNIONISED MEMBERS OF THETECHNICAL UNIVERSITIES
The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of TUC (Ghana) have been monitoring the labour environment in the Technical Universities and have noted with serious concern the disregard for TEWU of TUC (Ghana) in the Technical Universities by Government and for that matter the Ministry of Education and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) in the discussions and implementation process of migrating staff of Technical Universities.
It is sad to note that TEWU, as a major stakeholder has been completely left out in the negotiation of the migration process.
As it stands, members of TEWU do not know their placements in terms of the migration though we took part in the staff Audit conducted by National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).
Members of TEWU in the Technical Universities solidarized with the other Associations in the Technical Universities who have embarked on strike.
We wish to state that we will not hesitate to join them soon in the strike because we are in the struggle together.The Union is also not happy about the continuous delay on the part of government in releasing the second tier contribution of Technical Universities Staff from January, 2010 to April, 2019. From 1st January, 2020, our members who will be retiring stand the danger of going home with nothing as lump sum payment after many years of sacrifices for the nation’s staring us in our face.
The Board of Trustees of the Ghana Polytechnic Workers’ Pension Scheme has made several follow-ups to get the contributions to the Fund Manager to invest towards members’ pension but to no avail.
The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of TUC (Ghana) has therefore resolved that, if by Thursday, 31st October, 2019 these issues are not resolved, we would have no option but to embark on an indefinite strike action until the above issues are resolved.
Issued by the Acting General Secretary of TEWU
Mark Dankyira Korankye