Fair Wages backs Labour Commission’s call for TEWU to call off strike

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has called on the Tertiary and Education Workers Union (TEWU) to call off their strike action before negotiating on their grievances.

TEWU declared a strike on Monday over the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to address their concerns over the implementation of the single spine pay policy.

According to the Union, the Commission, failed to deliver on its promise of taking steps to bridge the excessive gap between salaries of senior and junior staff of public universities.

“Since Fair Wages and Salaries Commission have not been fair with us and have failed to carry out its part of the agreement after the submission of the committee’s report since June 2015, the Union held a press conference on the 10th of December 2015 giving Fair Wages and Salaries Commission up to December 2015 ending to implement the said decision.

“As we speak today,15th January, 2016 these decisions have not been implemented by both Fair Wages and Salaries Commission leaving us with no option than to advise ourselves,” the Union said in a statement.

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has however described the strike as illegal and ordered TEWU to resume work immediately.

Fair Wages and Salaries Commission in support of the NLC also says the decision by the TEWU to embark on strike was in bad faith.

Public Relations Officer of the Commission Earl Ankrah told Joy News “…wearing red bands and issuing threats of a certain nature when there is a discussion or negotiation going on is like holding a gun on the head of the other party and insisting that you must either get what you want or the strike continues.”

He added that “the law of the Republic of Ghana frowns on that and so Labour Commission is right so they would have to call off the strike before we engage them.”

“If the leadership of TEWU is really serious about resolving the issue with workers then they would go through the right processes,” he said.

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