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UTAG Strike: NLC invites UTAG and government to meeting on Monday after out of court settlement order

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Feb 4, 2022 , , ,

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has summoned the government and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to a meeting to discuss the teaching union’s ongoing strike.

It comes after a High Court decision pressing the NLC and UTAG to reach an out-of-court settlement.

The meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022.

“All parties are invited to attend before the National Labour Commission on Monday, February 2022, at 11:00 a.m.” The invitation was sent in response to an order issued by the High Court at the court’s hearing on the matter today, February 3rd, 2022. In a letter to the stakeholders concerned, the NLC stated that “all parties must make every effort to attend.”

The National Labour Commission has been instructed to resolve disputes with striking university instructors outside of court by the Labour Court 1 Division of the High Court.

Justice Frank Rockson Aboadwe, the presiding judge, granted the parties until Thursday, February 10, 2022, to report on the status of the out-of-court settlement.

The National Labor Relations Board was in court seeking execution of its instructions, which had been disobeyed by public university lectures across the country.

The NLC had already ordered UTAG to end its strike, which had begun on January 10, 2022, but this order was not followed.

The teachers had stated that they would only return to the classroom if the government addressed their worries about their working circumstances.

Academic work has come to a halt on public tertiary university campuses, and the academic calendar is in jeopardy.

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, when the case was called, His Lordship, Rockson Aboadwe, summoned the parties from open court to his chambers for an in-camera discussion.

After the in-camera session, UTAG lawyer Kwasi Keli-Delataa told journalists that if a compromise is not reached by Thursday, the NLC will be permitted to submit its motions.

The NLC was certain that it would prevail in the dispute. Universities, however, may be forced to close if the strike persists.

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