The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has hinted that it will resume its suspended strike action by Friday October 8, if government fails to meet their demands.
A memo addressed to all UTAG members and intercepted by Justicefmonline stated that “Following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Employer to complete the negotiation on the Conditions of Service of University Teachers within one (1) month by resolving all outstanding issues, which formed the basis for suspending the strike action, it is sad to report that the one-month moratorium has elapsed and the negotiation has almost reached a stalemate”.
The memo, dated October 5 and jointly signed by UTAG National President, Prof Solomon Nunok and National Secretary, Dr Asare Asante-Annor said within the one-month moratorium, government never shifted its positions, despite several concessions made by UTAG.
“For this reason, the National Executive Committee of UTAG at its meeting held on 1st October 2021 resolved that if the Employer’s position remains unchanged by Friday, 8th of October 2021, members should resume the suspension of teaching and related activities until further notice” it directed.
On 20th August 2021, UTAG suspended its September 22 strike action and agreed to return to the negotiation table.This followed an emergency meeting, its leaders had with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
“We have suspended [the strike]. One will realize that our strike has brought a lot to a standstill, so I believe that when management in the various universities gives the order, things will get to normal”, then National President of UTAG, Prof. Charles Marfo confirmed on Accra based Citi FM.
A Memorandum of Agreement signed by the government and UTAG and after the meeting and noted that “both parties agree that there is a need to get back to the negotiating table from the week beginning Monday 23rd August 2021.”
During the period, government and UTAG were expected to among other things, negotiate the research component of the Book and Research Allowance, market premium, and non-basic allowance.
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