The National Labour Commission (NLC) has called the leadership of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAGrecent )’s decision not to honor its invitation to find a durable solution to difficulties plaguing the latter’s strike as disappointing.
Last week, UTAG declined an invitation to meet with the NLC and the government in an attempt to end its ongoing strike in a letter signed by its legal counsel.
This was in response to a High Court order that UTAG and the NLC settle their differences outside of court.
Ofosu Asamoah, the NLC’s Executive Secretary, expressed disappointment with UTAG’s decision to decline the meeting invitation.
The commission, he said, will hope that the two parties can reach an amicable agreement.
“In response to UTAG’s letter, the Commission has written to the government.” When the commission meets on Wednesday, it will examine the letter closely and make a conclusion. They have sabotaged the commission’s efforts to facilitate resolution as ordered by the court. It was an ill-advised decision.”
“Fine if the panel concludes that they are directly engaging the government and that the situation will be resolved.” The most important thing for us is that the problem gets settled, but I don’t think it’s good for a party to defy the commission’s directives, even when the court compels them to do so. He described the situation as “unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, is hopeful that university lecturers will put off their protest in the coming days.
Some decisions have been made, according to Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, and they will be announced soon.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, speaking to Citi News after meeting with all Vice Chancellors of Ghana’s public universities, said the government will do all possible to end the UTAG strike.
“We met with the Vice-Chancellors of several universities and addressed a number of problems, including how to get our university teachers back to the lecture halls, which schools would not be able to do without.”
“Some critical decisions were taken, and I am pleased with the results. We’re going to do everything we can to get the strike called off in the next few days.”