The Technical Universities Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has declared an indefinite strike, with immediate effect.
This is “to press home our demand on government to implement the conditions of service of public universities for staff of technical universities”.
The action was declared on Monday, October 7 by TUTAG President Dr Solomon Keelson.
According to TUTAG, although polytechnics were converted into technical universities as far back as 2016, government has failed to put measures in place to enable their lecturers enjoy benefits received by university teachers.
Dr Keelson stated that despite a directive from the Finance Ministry to the Controller and Accountant General’s office to have their emoluments paid effective August 1, their salaries as of September 2019 still do not reflect the public university pay structure.
They further alleged the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) conducted an audit for staff of technical universities and ended up downgrading their ranks.
“So as we speak, qualified staff have been rendered unqualified, but by the NAB verification, most of these do qualify. For instance, an associate professor has been downgraded to an assistant lecturer without the NAB evaluation report,” Dr Keelson told journalists.
The Association is also asking the NCTE to release the NAB report as soon as possible.