Lecturers in Ghana universities have commenced an indefinite strike over issues related to salaries and the non-implementation of a 2012 agreement.
Also joining in the industrial action over the same issue are non-academic staff.
The Ghanaian government had announced a 4% salary increase for public sector workers this year – and another 7% increase due to take effect next year. But some university staff unions have kicked back against the increase, saying it’s too small.
They also want Ghana’s government to implement a 2012 agreement that promised an entry-level lecturer’s salary of more than $2,000 per month – but it’s currently still below $1,000.
Classes have been cancelled and institutions have shut their doors as of Monday.
The National Union of Ghana Students say the strike only makes matters harder for students who were already struggling to catch up on their studies after the disruption caused by the pandemic.