TEWU ignores directive by Labour Commission to call off strike

Chairman of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union, Peter Lumor, says the strike declared by the Union is still in force despite Labour Commission’s declaration that it is illegal.

TEWU declared a strike on Monday over the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to address their concerns over the implementation of the single spine pay policy.

According to the Union, the Commission failed to deliver on its promise of taking steps to bridge the excessive gap between salaries of senior and junior staff of public universities.

A press release signed by the acting Executive Secretary of the Labour Commission, Dr. Bernice Welbeck, says failure by TEWU to follow laid down procedures makes the strike illegal.

She warned employers may be forced to apply the necessary sanctions if the strike is not called off.

However, Peter Lumor said members will meet Friday to decide on the directive.

“We will discuss the Labour Commission’s directive and at the end of the meeting we will let everyone know TEWU’s position. TEWU will not enter into any debate with the Labour Commission, we are not at work, the leaders are all in town so we will discuss and respond appropriately,” he said.

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