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CKT-UTAS Senior Staff begin strike; demand payment of tier 2 pension, favourable promotions

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The Senior Staff Association at the C.K. Tedam University for Applied Sciences and Technology (CKT-UTAS) has joined its sister Association in tertiary institutions across the country to lay down their tools. 

The strike is in protest of what they describe as unfair treatment of members of the association with respect to the proceeds from the tier 2 pension and some inconsistencies with regard to their promotions. 

Fatawu Osman, the CKT-UTAS Branch Chair of the Senior Staff Association made this known when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show. 

“We have a lot of issues that have not been resolved by the government. The first is the tier two pension scheme. Government is owing members of the Association. In fact, they have been owing us since 2020. As I speak with you, many of our colleagues have gone on retirement and are wallowing in abject poverty because government has failed to pay what is supposed to pay.”

“Secondly, we are being supervising by an institution called Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC). The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission has issued a guideline on how senior members of education should be promoted. Up to date, the universities have flouted this directive with impunity. It is like nobody sees anything wrong with,” he lamented. 

He said despite several attempts to get universities to follow the directives, the universities have remained adamant. The directives, according to Mr, Osman give a clear guideline on the promotion of senior staff at the universities. 

“This is why we are calling on members to lay down their tools until the right thing is done.”

When asked about the timing of the strike, considering that the government has already been inundated with many industrial strikes, Mr. Osman explained that their demands are only for what is owed to them and not additional monies. 

“This thing started from 2020. It is not something that we are going to beg the government for money. It is our own money that has been deducted from source. We are only demanding that it should be reimbursed to our members who are on retirement. Some have retired over a year now and yet they give the retirement benefit, the lump sum, in piecemeal.”

“Meanwhile when it comes to ex-gratia for politicians, they pay it quickly. We do not even know where they get the money from. Do we have different human beings [in the country]? Are our members having kerosine in their blood system? We are all human beings and must be treated as such.”

Mr. Osman insisted that until their needs are met, they will continue to lay down their tools.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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