NLC directs UCC senior staff to call off strike before Wednesday

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The Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSAUoG) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has been ordered by the National Labour Commission (NLC) to end its strike within five days.

If striking leadership does not end the strike as instructed, the Commission claims it cannot handle the Association’s complaints.

This came after the Commission conducted a meeting on Wednesday, April 19, between senior staff leadership and management.

Senior UCC staff have been pressing for the payment of agreed-upon allowances and member promotions.

On Thursday, April 13, they called a strike and have continued to be absent from work, which has an impact on college students.

The matter has been postponed for one week since, by law, negotiations cannot take place while you are on strike, according to NLC Executive Secretary Ofosu Asamoah. “The Commission has directed them to call off the strike to enable the Commission to hear the matter,” he added.

He revealed to Daniel Opoku of TV3 that a meeting to continue the arbitration has been arranged for Wednesday, April 26—but not after the strike has been called off before then.

The UCC chapter of the SSAUoG’s national president, Zakari Mohammed, acknowledged receiving a letter from the NLC urging it not to go on strike, but stated it was left with no choice because management had also failed to address the issues.

The UCC management had been instructed earlier to engage the senior staff, but they had flouted first, he claimed, therefore both of us flouted.

“They also disregarded the [National] Labour Commission’s directive.”

Sandy Kumi Sinatra, the UCC Chairman of the SSAUoG, defended the strike action and said that it was announced prior to the receipt of the NLC’s request to stop action.

He stated, “We did alert the NLC.

“The NLC had earlier directed that management should engage us, but management flouted this. We reported to NLC and added that following management’s refusal to engage us, we gave them a date after which, when it elapsed, we embark on the strike.

He claimed that the National Executive Council (NEC) and not him personally will decide whether to end the strike.

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