UTAG Threatens Strike On January 10
The University of Ghana chapter of University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has announced a strike beginning from January 10th, 2022. UTAG is demanding better conditions of service and also an increment in salaries of university lecturers. Speaking to the media, Secretary of the University of Ghana UTAG, Professor
Ransford Gyampo said they will continue to press on till they are given what is due them. Notices, as far as I am concerned, have been sent to all stakeholders about the intention to strike because agreements reached have not been respected. Timelines agreed upon have not been adhered to, he also said. The University of Ghana
branch had earlier threatened to strike from January 3, 2022. One of the chapter’s main grievances is the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to also accept the government’s Memorandum of Agreement proposing among others the payment of a $1,600 dollar research allowance to members of UTAG. UG-UTAG in a
statement said the NEC also confirmed acceptance of the Memorandum of Agreement even though some chapters of UTAG were opposed to the agreement. It thus asked the NEC to also withdraw its communiqué suggesting that an agreement was reached by UTAG members to also accept the research allowance and a
proposal for the government and to complete a Labour Market Survey Report to determine the review of the Interim Market Premium by December the year 2021 for implementation in 2022. The six other branch members of the UTAG, that is KNUST, UDS, UEW, SDD-UBIDS, CKT-UTAS, and UENR also supported the decision to reject the agreement. UTAG is yet to formally communicate a nationwide strike.