Staff unions of SDD-UBIDS, other two universities threaten to embark on strike action
Workers’ unions of Simon Diedong University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) threaten to embark on a strike action following a decision to migrate them to CAGD’s IPPD2 payroll.
The Secretariats of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS), Wa have called on the government to reverse the decision of migrating staff of the university and two other public universities, CKT-UTAS and UESD to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) payroll (IPPD2).
In a press release, members of the workers’ unions said they are highly discontented with the decision and found it discriminatory and unacceptable that staffs of the three universities have been isolated and targeted among the public universities for migration to CAGD’s IPPD2 at a time that discussions were not yet concluded over the migration all public universities to CAGD’s payroll.
The unions contented that, the decision by the government to migrate the staff to CAGD’s payroll will lead to a downgrade in staff salaries, allowances and other conditions of service and ultimately staff welfare.
The statement however demanded that the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) which was the conveyer of the letters to the universities to withdraw the said letter with immediate effect and communicate to the staff unions by Thursday, March 11, 2021.
The release also mentioned that, the unions have given notice to the National Labour Commission (NLC) of their intention to embark on a strike action by March 18, 2021 should the GTEC failed to withdraw the said letter.
They appealed to the office of the president of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to intervene in the matter by stopping GTEC/CAGD from mitigating SDD-UBIDS Staff, and the staff of CKT-UTAS and UESD to CAGD’s Payroll until all negotiations are concluded between the national unions, UTAG, GAUA, SSA-UoG, and TEWU.
As a newly carved out university that is constrained with infrastructural challenges such as lack of lecture spaces, office spaces for academic and administrative staff, library facilities and administrative buildings, the staff appealed to the government to expedite action to complete the ongoing projects on the campus which have been under construction for the past 10 years to support effective teaching and learning.