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TEWU suspends nationwide industrial action

The Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) commenced a nationwide strike on 13 January to demand better conditions of service

The national leadership of Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU), in consultation with the local executives of the public universities have resolved to suspend the nationwide strike which was in demand for some conditions of service.

This was in a joint statement signed by Mark D. Korankye, the general secretary of TEWU and Ambrose Yao Kwadzodza, the national chairman of TEWU and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday.

“We have come to an agreement with government on the issues we presented and therefore there is the need to suspend the strike for now,” it said.

The Union is calling on its members on the various university campuses to resume work today January 19, 2021 while leadership continued to engage with government for the implementation of the agreement on their condition of service.

The Union in all the public Universities across the country on Wednesday 13 January laid down their tools due to delays in finalizing their conditions of service.

According to TEWU, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission had failed to conclude negotiations with the union, following the union’s engagement with the Commission in June 2019 on the review of the Conditions of Service for unionized staff of the public universities which expired in 2008.

Following the declaration of the industrial action by members of TEWU of public universities, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations represented by Ignatius Baffour Awuah convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday, 13 January to delve into the outstanding issues.

The engagement was said to be cordial and productive, while both sides exhibited considerable goodwill in the course of the deliberations.

The parties agreed that TEWU would meet its local executives from the various public universities on Thursday 14 January to share the details of the outcome of the meeting with them and revert to the government on decisions reached by Friday 15 January 2021.

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