Public sector workers back at work, students fail to show

Public sector workers have returned to work after an almost two-week strike over their tier two pension funds which saw the total shut down of public offices, schools and hospitals across the country.

Checks in some schools and hospitals in the country by Joy News correspondents indicate that teachers and health workers have resumed work Wednesday morning.

In the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, teachers at the Falahia and Wa Model Cluster of Schools showed that even though most teachers were present in school, only a few pupils had reported.

The teachers blamed the absence of the students on the fact that the announcement for them to return to work came in late and this made it impossible for them to inform the students that the strike had been called off.

The situation is the same in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi where even though teachers have reported, only a few pupils were present in school.

Doctors and nurses at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have also reported to work but were yet to attend to patients at the Out Patients Department (OPD).

At the Ministries, however, many offices were still locked up.

Most teachers in the Volta Region have decided to return to work on Monday. However,most health workers, at the time of the visit had reported to work.

Schools in the Upper East Regional Capital, Bolgatanga even though open showed no sign of serious activity as only few pupils had reported.

Hospitals in the region were also fully operational but only few patients were seen.

Twelve labour unions embarked on an indefinite strike in protest against government’s decision to choose a trustee to manage their tier 2 pension funds.

The workers insist that they should be allowed to select their own manager or at least be involved in the selection process.

The decision to call off the strike is in response to an injunction granted by the Industrial and Labour Division of the Accra High Court restraining the unions from continuing with their indefinite strike, and demanding they return to work.

In a related development, Editor in chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako who described the ex parte injunction by government as “cowardly and driven by bad faith” has commended the workers for heeding to the court’s directive to return to work but said government must ensure that it does not fail in addressing the concerns raised by the workers.

He advised that government duly involves the workers in any decisions it takes concerning management of the pension fund.

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