The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), has slammed the planned strike action announced on Thursday August 15 by the Federation of University Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG), as illegal.
In an interview, the Director of Negotiation and Grievances at the Commission, Cornelius Yawson, stated that the demands being made by FUSSAG are unfounded. He indicated that the Commission will not negotiate with them.
As can be recalled, FUSSAG announced quite recently that it will embark on an indefinite nationwide strike action to press home their demands until they are met.
The association is demanding among others, an immediate adjustment of their 2013 base pay, the extension of market premium to senior staff of public universities and the restoration of special allowances.
However, Cornelius Yawson disagrees with the demands being made by the association. According to him, these demands are non-issues.
?All the issues they have put on the table are non-issues. The interim market premium are given to those who already had an element of market premium in their salary.?
He indicated that during the migration of workers on government payroll onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), it became apparent to recognise the market premium they had, and mark it as interim market premium. According to him, FUSSAG did not fall in that category of workers.
He further questioned the basis on which the association is embarking on the strike since the government whitepaper, released recently indicated clearly that the interim market premium arrangement has ceased.
?So based on what do you go on strike?asking for interim market premium?? he asked the FUSSAG members.