Interim national executives of the Senior Staff Association- Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) have held their fifth national executive council meeting in Cape Coast since breaking away from the Federation of Universities’ Senior Staff Association of Ghana, FUSSAG. The three day event was on the theme, “Unionism, the practice in Ghana’.
In an interview with ATL FM News, the interim national chairperson of the association, Mark Claude Asangba, indicated with the bad leadership senior staffs of public Universities suffered under FUSSAG leading to the breakaway, the meeting, which had the acting chief labour officer as a resource person, aimed at equipping the national executives on unionism to avoid a repetition of the FUSSAG experience.
“…as a serious human being, if you passed a place and fell down, you would not want to pass there again. FUSSAG made a lot of mistakes and because of those mistakes we have moved out. Today, we have formed a new union. We need to equip ourselves so that we do not follow the mistakes made by FUSSAG and we have invited the acting Chief Labour Officer to come and give us a lecture on Unionism”, he said.
About two years after the formation of the Senior Staff Association-Universities of Ghana, the interim national chair says the successes chalked have been overwhelming.
Wading into the impasse at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) leading to the destruction of property running into about GH¢1.7 million, Mr. Asangba said it is erroneous for anyone to conclude that the association’s stance on the matter was not biting enough.
He said as a new association, the leadership issued two press statements to condemn the vandalism by students and also the decision by government to dissolve the governing council of the university. According to him, due to its young age, striking was not an option for the association.
“We are a new association and we don’t think we have to be threatening at this particular moment. We will rather rally behind our sister unions on campus and make sure that the issue is resolved. We, per our nature, believe in dialogue and negotiations. We do not believe in strikes.”
Source: ATL FM NEWS