All administrative, peripheral and non academic activities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are expected to be badly affected on campus.
That’s because all members of the university’s Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU) will not be at their various posts.
They insist they will instead be holding a series of long compulsory meetings daily from 8 AM to 5 PM till they see the swearing in of the university’s Governing Council.
Per the directive, there will be no cleaners, janitors, security personnel, laboratory technical staff, librarians, labourers, messengers and any junior staff of the university conducting their daily routines.
This action the union says is to protest governments demand for the union to review its nominee for the yet-to-be reconstituted governing council.
Chairman of the Union Charles Attah told Reporter Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, the union remains resolute on its arguments that government’s decision is a breach of the statues and conventions underpinning the conduct of TEWU and the University.
Already administrators who will not speak to Ultimate News on record have begun feeling the brunt. Some staff turned up for work with their offices still locked and not yet cleaned.
Mr Attah underscored the impact their action will have on the running of the university and warned government not to undermine their subtle industrial action.
He explained, “If all these people are attending meetings, the library cannot operate, it will be difficult to go to the laboratories, who will go and open the lecture rooms, who will sweep here et-cetera. So when TEWU takes itself away from the running of the university, the repercussion is great.”
One can only dread the heaps of garbage, unkempt weeds and the dangers of abandoned security posts on the KNUST campus; if TEWU continues with this strike action.
By: Ivan Heathcote – Fumador/Pricilla Fosua Gyan