NLC To Meet UTAG Today Over Ongoing Strike

NLC To Meet UTAG Today Over Ongoing Strike



The National Labour Commission (NLC), has invited the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), to a meeting today, Thursday, over the ongoing strike by the teacher union. The meeting according to Commission, is to settle the dispute between the two parties. It also


comes on the back of allegations by the UTAG that the FWSC had delayed in releasing the report of the Labour Market Survey (LMS). University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has said it’s hopeful of reaching a consensus with government on resolving the current impasse. Members of the UTAG started a nationwide



indefinite strike on the Monday January 10, to demand better conditions of service. Dr. Solomon Nunoo, the National President of UTAG, says, It is too early to tell that we need to call off the strike at this time. At the NLC, we need to probe into what really the reason is for calling us to come to the table. The NLC’s job is to



ensure that strike doesn’t take place at all. If you give them notice and nothing is done, the strike takes place. I have difficulty in understanding the rational behind the move, he said. UTAG, in a statement dated January 6, 2022, complained about what it refers to as the lack of trust that has so far characterised its engagements with



the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC). The National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG thus resolved to withdraw teaching and related activities over the failure of the employer to adhere to agreed timelines. UTAG members on all campuses are also to withdraw from teaching and then other activities like examinations, invigilation, marking of examination



scripts, and the processing of examination results. The association has been asking the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in the 2012. The 2012 conditions of service also pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42. UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.