The members of the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are expected to receive their salary arrears this week.
They have been protesting the delay of payment of their salary arrears since January 20. The Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, George Smith Graham, however, told media that the documentation for payment has been completed.
He called on TEWU to actively take part in the auditing process of their salaries to fast track payments.
He said: “Information available to me is that it is only KNUST that has submitted its audited account to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and last week the minister signed the letter for KNUST and I understand that it is with the Controller [and Accountant Generals Department] and Controller is going to pay that money any moment between today [Tuesday] and maybe tomorrow [Wednesday], that’s if it has not already been paid. ”
“If there are delays in the audit process, in the institutions, I would expect that the unions will also get themselves involved so far as these issues are concerned because they are the very people who are working in those departments and they need to come together and help the institution to fast track whatever auditing that is going on and when that is done, they would be paid. ”
These comments from Mr. Graham come on the back of several agitations by the KNUST TEWU who are reported to have locked lecture halls and even attacking some students who raised issues with their sit-down strike.