• Sun. Aug 7th, 2022

We are in talks with UTAG to call off the strike – Education Minister

The government has expressed optimism that the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) will call off its nationwide strike.

Dr Yaw Adutwum, the Education Minister, told the media during the Meet the Press Series on Sunday that he is determined to ensuring that UTAG’s issues are addressed so that they can return to the classrooms as soon as feasible.

According to him, his organization is still negotiating with the UTAG leadership in order to break the deadlock with the union.

“Our University professors are on strike, but we’re still working with them to figure out how to get them back.” As Minister of Education, I have stated that I am a leading supporter for teachers and academics in this situation. I do everything I can, both publicly and informally, to ensure that we reach an agreement.

“We hope it will happen this time, just like it did the prior time.” As a result, we will continue to engage them in order to ensure that we can find a solution to this issue,” Dr. Adutwum said.

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.

The lectures on strike have so far disobeyed a National Labour Commission order to return to work after their walkout was declared illegal.

The Commission filed a lawsuit against the union for its statewide strike, requesting that the court issue an interlocutory injunction forcing the lecturers to return to work.

The strike has thrown a wrench in the academic calendar, leaving some students trapped on campuses across the country.

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