Senior staff of some public universities have threatened to embark on industrial action over the non-payment of some allowances.

They are also unhappy with the delay in the promotion of their colleagues.

According to them, they will strike if the concerns raised are not addressed in their entirety.

The University of Development Studies Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Universities begins its strike today, Thursday, May 12.

Also, its counterpart at the University of Cape Coast has slated its action for Thursday, May 19.

All these actions are despite a recent meeting with the institution’s management.

The UDS management, in an earlier meeting, agreed to implement recommendations of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) that addresses qualification requirements for progression, a reason that necessitated the industrial action.

UDS, UCC senior staff to embark on strike over allowances and promotions
University of Development Studies

However, the Senior Staff Association at UDS says a communiqué they have sighted contradicts the assurances given them by management, hence their decision to lay down their tools.

Zakaria Mohammed, the branch’s president, said, “a number of concessions were made, and we told them that this should be put on paper to avert the possibility of our strike,” he said in a media interview.

He added that “they agreed in principle, but while we were meeting our members, a letter popped up that was entirely contrary to the agreement we had with them.”

Some unions have been agitating over the qualification requirements for progression and upgrading to Senior Member Grade.

Their university managements have been demanding a Master of Philosophy or its equivalent before senior staff are appointed to senior membership status.