Parents and wards stranded at KNUST Basic Sch. over Universities’ Senior Staff strike

A section of parents and their wards were left stranded at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology  (KNUST) Basic School on Friday, June 4, 2021, following an extension of a strike by members of the Senior Staff.

 

The Association of Universities of Ghana has extended its strike to essential services on University campuses such as basic schools, hospitals, clinics, fire and anatomy departments.

 

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Parents who sent their wards to the school on Friday morning had to take them back due to the strike.
Other pupils who reported on their own were told to go back home.

 

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Some parents told the media they were not aware of the action by the Association.
They also expressed disappointment about the development.

 

 

One of the parents said; “I wasn’t informed about the strike. I came here yesterday [Thursday], and no one told me about any strike. If I had heard about it, I wouldn’t have brought them”.

 

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Following a strike by members of the Association, this is the second time this year academic activities have been affected at the KNUST Basic School. According to the Association, the earlier decision was to provide the government with the opportunity to address their concerns, which include demands for improved conditions of service and the payment of outstanding Tier-2 pension contributions.

 

However, the group says the government has been unresponsive to their demands, hence their current decision.
“We have extended the strike to cover those who were exempted since May 18”, National President of the Association, Zakaria Mohammed disclosed.

 

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The leadership of the Association, on Tuesday, met a delegation from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to look into their demands for the payment of their outstanding Tier-2 pension contributions and improved conditions of service but, that meeting ended indecisively.

 

The industrial action commenced after the Association claimed the government had consistently failed to address their concerns.

 

Among other things, they are asking for the payment of market premiums and non-basic allowances as well as the finalization of negotiations for their conditions of service.

 

The Association previously held a strike in January 2021, but its members returned to work in February after the National Labour Commission (NLC) secured a court injunction compelling them to resume their duties while negotiations with the government continued.

 

SOURCE: BEEBA

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