Ghana: TIP Demands Redress On Unfair Labour Practices

The Information Technology (IT) Professionals Union (TIP), an association of workers who manage key technical operations for the telecommunication operators in the country, are demanding immediate redress of issues relating to their remuneration and unfair labour practices.

The group made up of telecom engineers, technicians, IT professionals and other allied workers, accused its employers of refusing to renew the contracts of some of its members due to their association with union leaders who are negotiating the 2022 Collective Agreement (CA) and salary increment.

A statement issued in Accra on Thursday alleged that the “Golden handshake” (benefits) owed affected workers had not been paid while their employers were not cooperating with the Union on outstanding issues in the 2022 CA and salary negotiation, which had reached a deadlock before the National Labour Commission (NLC).

If the contracts are not renewed, the benefits not paid and the cooperation not renewed, the statement signed by Israel EdemAgbebor, the General Secretary of TIP, said they would embark on strike on Monday.

“Ghana’s telecommunications system will be left on autopilot as telecom workers embark on an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday, September 5 2022, until the non-negotiable demands are met by their employers,” it said.

The statement explained that the NCA had been informed of the strike in response to the direct attack by the employers at the leadership of the Union (From National, Regional and Branch) that had threatened the very existence of the Union and its members.