UTAG Snubs NLC's Invitation For Out Of Court Settlement
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has declined the invitation from the National Labour Commission (NLC) for a meeting on Monday, February 7 to settle the current impasse that has also seen the teachers on strike for weeks. The Labour Division of the Accra Circuit Court, presided over by the Justice Frank
Rockson Aboadwe, on Thursday ordered the two parties to consider settling their matters outside of the courts and report back on Thursday, February 10. Commission consequently wrote to the Association, officially inviting its leadership to a meeting with government officials to chart a new course in finding a lasting resolution to the
grievances. But UTAG, through its counsel Darko, Keli-Dentaa and Co, says it will rather meet with government on the way forward and later report to the Commission. As much as we are all grateful for the invitation to your proposed tripartite meeting, we honestly do believe the more acceptable approach in present circumstances is
for our client to meet with the government side of the impasse to try to iron out their remaining differences. We will report back to National Labour Commission on the meeting’s outcome. The university lecturers have been on strike since Monday, January 10, demanding a publication of a report on their market premium also by
the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC). But NLC decided to drag the aggrieved teachers to court, calling the strike illegal. On the Friday, February 4, Vice Chancellors-Ghana assured the Minister of Education that a meaningful resolution of the matter too is in the offing and there is hope the distinguished professors and lecturers will be back soon.