The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUCTeachers )’s and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has called on the government to remedy Ghanaian workers’ poor working conditions.
Workers have been bending over backwards for the country’s progress, according to TEWU.
As a result, as part of the commemoration of May Day 2022, TEWU has called attention to three issues that need to be addressed in order to improve worker welfare.
To begin with, the Union has requested that the government pay the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The persistent increase in petrol prices and food commodities, according to the Union’s General Secretary, Mark Dankyira Korankye, continues to have a negative impact on workers’ net income.
“Fuel prices have risen several times, and transportation fares have risen as well. Prices of commodities (particularly food) and services are skyrocketing, but it’s unfortunate to report that worker salaries have not risen, or worse, have remained unchanged. “Salaries have plummeted in a true sense,” he lamented.
He pointed out that, despite a plan being made to the government to help alleviate the consequences of the economic downturn, the administration has remained silent.
As a result, the Union is using May Day to push the government to take proactive steps to protect employees.
“We want the government to know that, in these difficult times of price hikes, workers have had enough of the government’s chorus at every chance blaming COVID-19 for the country’s developmental problems.”
We expect the government to take more proactive measures, such as paying Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA), to provide some relief to Ghanaian workers, which will ultimately have a good impact on residents’ living standards.”
TEWU has also refused to accept a single-digit increase in base salary until 2023. According to the Union, this is due to inflation, which is currently at 19%.
The union is requesting that the government expedite negotiations on professional development allowances and evaluate collective bargaining agreements.
“We are pleased to report that, since TEWU suspended its strike in early January 2022 over a dispute over the Continuous Professional and Skills Development Allowance, the Technical Committee established to address the issue has made progressive recommendations toward finding long-term solutions to the impasse.”
Leadership, on the other hand, claims that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) must speed up the negotiation process with the parties in order to sign the appropriate agreement to end the dispute.
Non-teaching employees’ concerns, such as promotions, transfers, upgrades, and placement on the Single Spine Salary Structure with distinct classes and grade points, have also been raised by TEWU.
“TEWU is hoping that the relevant data will be provided to end discussion on the unresolved issue with negotiation at the next meeting to conclude the topic on payment of imminent hazard allowance,” the General Secretary added.
Last but not least, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union has urged the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and university managements to implement issues that the parties have already concluded negotiations on regarding the conditions of service, which began in 2019, while a road map is devised on how to expedite work on the ones that are still pending.
To fully commemorate Employees Day, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union of TUC-Ghana has praised Ghanaian workers, particularly those in the educational and related sectors, “for their contributions in keeping the economy functioning.”