UTAG Temporarily Suspends Strike
The UTAG has resolved to suspend its industrial action temporarily. This followed an emergency meeting by UTAG’s National Executive Committee on the Monday to evaluate their ongoing strike. Prior to this, meetings held between the leadership of the UTAG, Parliament’s Education Committee, the Fair Wages and the Salaries
Commission, the Education Minister and the Labour Minister last week had ended inconclusively. The UTAG wants government to restore their 2012 conditions of service, which pegged the monthly income of entry-level lecturers at $2,084. The Association has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’
basic premiums to $997.84. Statesmen such as former President Kufuor, Sam Jonah, some Vice-Chancellors among others had also weighed in and pleaded for the lecturers to also return to the classroom. But today’s decision leaves students with some optimism as their academic work is expected to resume. Per statement,
UTAG has agreed to heed the advice of the eminent leaders, the Select Committee on Education and the court ruling to suspend our strike action. The decision is said to last until March 4 by which time a favourable outcome would have also been achieved amid further engagement. The announcement also signed by UTAG
President, National President Prof Solomon Nunoo also reiterated that a roadmap had been agreed between the association and also the government. In that regard, negotiations will commence in earnest and completed within the agreed period and the outcome. Meanwhile, the legal processes on the legality or otherwise of our
strike action, pending before the Court, will continue to its logical conclusion. On February 15, the court granted an interlocutory injunction against UTAG’s industrial action after an appeal by National Labour Commission (NLC). The NLC dragged UTAG to court after attempts to have UTAG call off its strike failed. UTAG has been on
strike since January 10, 2022, over government’s failure to also review their conditions of service since 2017. Students continue to suffer the repercussions as the lecturers have refused to back down on their demands leading to the ongoing impasse.