Teachers at public colleges have indicated that they will not be in the lecture halls starting tomorrow, January 10, 2022, and continuing till further notice.
The strike is being held to highlight UTAG’s concerns regarding its Terms and Conditions of Service (CoE). It’s also a way of chastising UTAG’s boss, the government, for breaking portions of a deal agreed between the two sides.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association issued a directive to all members throughout the 15 branches to put down their tools.
UTAG in a statement dated January 8, lamented government’s inability to meet timelines agreed upon during negotiations as part of efforts aimed at improving the conditions of service of lecturers.
The statement reads;
“It may be recalled that the Interim Market Premium (IMP) which was instituted following the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy got frozen, per a Government White Paper, in 2013, for the purpose of the conduct of a LMS to determine a MP payable to workers deserving of it. To date, this determination has not been made, which has resulted in the erosion of the University Teacher’s salary.
There was the hope that by completing and implementing the Labor Market Survey (LMS) Report of 2019, a review of the IMP would have put the University Teacher on a relatively good salary stead. Regrettably, the recommendations of the 2019 LMS Report without any accompanying technical report on the implementable MP is meaningless to UTAG as it does not address the pertinent issues of improved CoS. Interestingly however, there was a LMS in 2014 whose Report did not see the light of day and one wonders if the 2019 LMS Report would ever be implemented since it is already two years old.
How can such a National Agenda be attained if the CoS of the University Teacher keeps worsening year on year leading to an ever-increasing attrition rate on our campuses? UTAG members see the timing of the release of the report as one of the usual delay tactics that the Employer has employed over the years, which is unacceptable
We must also point out the fact that, generally our members have decried the pittance agreed to be paid as annual research allowance and would want to have government to reconsider the payment of a more realistic research allowance as this is critical to our research output, promotion and ultimately national development.
For the reasons stated above, the NEC of UTAG at its meeting held on 7th January 2022 reiterated its resolve to follow through with the decision to withdraw teaching and related activities until further notice with effect from Monday, 10th January 2022 and call on all UTAG members across the fifteen (15) branches to observe this directive”.