Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Takoradi, Sept. 14, GNA – The teaching staff
of the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) on Thursday withdrew their
educational services to the student body.
They did this to state their concern and
dissatisfaction with government’s inability to migrate them onto the
appropriate conditions of service with regards to public universities.
Mr Peter Awuni, the Chairman of the TTU
Chapter of TUTAG, at a press conference, said the continuous delay in migrating
the conditions of service of staff of technical universities to the public
university level was unfair and unjust.
He said though technical universities have
moved on in terms of status and operations, the teaching staff continue to
enjoy polytechnics conditions of service and this is unlike the case of
University of Professional Studies and University of Education whose staff were
quickly migrated onto the conditions of service of public universities.
The Chairman said due to the delay, many
lecturers with PHD and other professional qualification continued to leave for
greener pastures adding that “any further delay could lead to huge loss of
qualified lecturers to other established institutions…we may not achieve the
president’s vision of industrializing Ghana through Technical Vocational
Education and Training”.
Mr Awuni expressed disappointment at the
inactions and failure on the part of the National Labour Commission to give
them audience on the matter “although we attended the summons by the Commission
to hear our case, the NLC failed or neglected to sit to hear our case and left
us stranded at the Commission’s offices.
In view of this, we hereby declare an
indefinite sit-down strike having followed the requirements of the labour laws
in Ghana…we wish to reiterate our rejection of the preconditions for the
migration issued by the Ministry of Education”.
Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Adei, at the
first convocation lecture of the Takoradi Technical University urged lecturers
to dialogue with the government in finding innovative solutions to their
“Strikes actions are not necessarily a means
to an end, but I urge you to adopt lobbying and good advocacy skills to get the
needed attention that you deserve as people training the technical manpower for
the country”, he added.