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Fussag To Strike Over Unpaid Salary Arrears

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The University of Cape Coast (Cape Vars) branch of the Federation of Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG) has threatened to embark on an industrial action over unpaid salary arrears.

The resolution was passed at a general meeting of the union held on Thursday January 16, 2014, where they expressed worry at the continuous delay in the payment of arrears spanning January-August, 2013.

In a statement issued and signed by Emmanuel Aidoo and Daniel Egyir Arthur, secretary and chairman respectively, they noted that changes in economic conditions including hikes in prices of goods and services had eroded the value of the money.

They therefore bemoaned the undue delay by the government to release funds to pay the arrears of staff of the university, in spite of a letter issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, which authorized payment of four months of the arrears by December, 2013.

For this reason, members of the Federation said they could ?no longer tolerate the delay in the payment of the arrears? and have since given government a deadline of January 31, 2014 to pay them or face their wrath.

The Federation has also served notice that they would no longer countenance any delay in the payment of January 2014 salaries and salaries of subsequent months, insisting that they would advise themselves accordingly if January salaries are not paid by Monday, February 3, 2014.

It also emerged at the meeting that the release of subvention to the university had been in arrears for some months; a situation members of the group said did not augur well for the smooth running of the university.

They have therefore urged government to release the outstanding subvention to management of the university to enable them to pay salaries of staff with the hope that the two issues would be addressed as a matter of urgency to ensure a calm industrial front, which according to them, ?is a requisite for an uninterrupted academic work on the university campus.?

 By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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