Public Services Workers Embark On Strike

Starting on Tuesday, July 19, members of the Public Services Workers Union (PSU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) announced on a strike action.

The government’s refusal to grant a mandate for the negotiation of institution-specific conditions of service for several organizations under the Single Spine, as well as occasionally using delay tactics during negotiations, made the situation worse, according to a press release announcing the decision on Tuesday, July 12.

They give many reasons for their choice, including the nation’s rising inflation rate.

“Further, for several workers who retired under the National Pensions (Amendment) Act,2014 (Act 883) which came into full force until January 2020, the disparity in their lump sum payments as compared to those who retired under PNDCL 247 has not been resolved.

It stressed, “Consequently, at an Emergency Meeting of the Management Committee and representatives from the over 65 institutions that make up the PSWU, our members were left with no choice but to embark on a strike effective Tuesday 19th July 2022 until our concerns are addressed.”

“Noticeably, a decision to enter into an IMF program risk a return to a harsh industrial atmosphere rife with conditionalities such as the sale of critical and well-performing national assets, redundancies, freeze on employment, freeze in wages (an intention denied by His Excellency the President during his Remarks at the 1lth Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the TUC (Ghana) in Kumasi on23, March 2021).

“This has led to the already vulnerable members of our society, the aged, going through further economic hardships despite the firm assurances of the President to resolve this matter as far back as 13th October 2020 in the heat of the Elections Campaign.”