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We won’t call off strike till our demands are met – UTAG insists

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Feb 15, 2022 , ,

University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) members on strike say they will not return to the lecture halls until the government satisfies their requests for better working conditions.

Since January 10, 2022, UTAG has been on strike in protest of their employer’s failure to assess their working conditions since 2017.

Students, both returning and new, continue to face the brunt of the enraged instructors, who have been in and out of meetings with the government in an attempt to break the impasse.

Dr. Asare Asante-Annor, UTAG’s national secretary, told Citi News that their legal team will return to court on Tuesday.

“There was an issue that the government should pay us an interim market premium of 114 percent of our current basic because of the increasing economic conditions, so that when the substantive matter is resolved, our members will not be worse off.” And we’ve had a few meetings, but we haven’t been able to come to any sort of agreement. More particular, the government has made no offer to our members.”

“We stated clearly in the communiqué we issued on the 10th of January that the employer or the government should expedite action on our demands so that the academic calendar is not disrupted, but unfortunately that has not happened, and we will continue with the strike as long as our demands are not met.”

UTAG has been on strike since January 10 in an attempt to persuade the government to reinstate the 2012 service conditions.

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.

UTAG was taken to court by the National Labour Commission, but the two were advised to return to the negotiating table.

The Commission filed a lawsuit to enforce its ruling, which was ignored by public university professors across the country.

The Commission had already ordered UTAG to end its strike, but this order was not followed.

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