• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

UTAG members continue indefinite strike despite mediation by Vice Chancellors

Despite efforts by the leadership of Vice-Chancellors Ghana to mediate, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has not backed down from its strike.

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, the two factions met with the goal of resolving the current strike at all public institutions around the country.

UTAG members argue that the government’s posturing will dictate the course of action, despite the fact that the strike, which began on January 10, has been declared illegal by the National Labour Commission.

“There have been candid discussions [with the Vice Chancellors] on what the way forward is, and we are waiting,” said Dr. Samuel Bert Boadi-Kusi, UTAG President at the University of Cape Coast.

“We don’t want to go on strike… However, while going on strike is not in our best interests, we have made some requests. “There are some requirements that we hope will be met,” he added.

On all campuses, UTAG members are on strike to push the government to restore the service conditions agreed upon in 2012.

A lecturer’s Basic plus Market Premium was set at $2,084.42 in the 2012 conditions of service.

The current arrangement, according to UTAG, has decreased the basic premiums of its members to $997.84.

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, stated her side’s interaction with the union had been inconclusive.

“We’re still in the early stages. Our goal at this point is to bring both parties together and go about the difficulties. That is the only way we will be able to find a solution. That is where we are right now. “At this time, we can’t predict anything,” she told Citi News.

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