Bolga Technical University employees are on strike for retirement benefits. The Bolga Technical University’s (BTU) Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) and Technical University Senior Administrators’ Association of Ghana (TUSAAG) branches have declared a strike as of today, August 25, 2023, in protest against their Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Alnaa, over the calculation of retirement benefits and the payment of unpaid allowances that are owed to them.
The personnel claimed that the Vice Chancellor’s (Vice Chancellor) interpretation of their conditions of service (CoS) regarding their retirement benefits disadvantages them and called the view “absurd.” Additionally, they demand that they receive all unpaid Online Teaching Support Allowance right away.
The staff explained that the Vice Chancellor is attempting to take advantage of them by misconstruing elements of their contracts of service that deal with their retirement benefits in a news release dated August 25, 2023 and jointly signed by executives of TUTAG and TUSAAG. The primary reason for their industrial action is their inability to persuade the Vice to change his mind about the situation.
Bolga Technical University employees are on strike
We vehemently disagree with our Vice Chancellor’s absurd interpretation of our CoS, which calls for departmentalizing the payment of our retirees’ retirement benefits by paying them only three months’ salary for the number of years they worked for the Polytechnic and then one month’s salary for each year they worked starting in 2031.
We argue that any member of TUTAG or TUSAAG who worked continuously for 10 years under the previous Polytechnic system qualifies automatically for this retirement pension, just as it does at other Technical Universities (TUs) around the nation. Section 42 (6) of the Technical Universities Act (2016), Act 922 as amended, which states that “A person in the employment of a polytechnic in existence immediately before the coming into force of this Act, shall, be deemed to have been duly employed by the respective Technical University established under this Act on the terms and conditions attached to the post held by that person before the coming into force of this Act,” supports our position in point one (1) above.
Bolga Technical University employees are on strike for retirement benefits.