Lawyers for the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have indicated that they are reviewing a court decision allowing the National Labour Commission (NLC) an appeal to halt the strike in order to advise their client on the future steps.
The Labour Division of the Accra High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction appeal filed by the NLC against the UTAG strike, according to TV3’s Richard Bright Addo, who was in court on Tuesday February 15.
“The motion was filed to carry out the labor commission’s mandate, which was filed before the injunction application was filed,” Kwesi Keli-Deletaa, UTAG’s lawyer, told journalists after court hearings on Tuesday, February 15.
“In our perspective, the primary motion, which attempts to implement the NLC directive, should have been heard first, but the judge disagreed and determined that the injunction application should be heard first, and the conclusion of that application is what you all observed in court today,” the attorney explains.
He went on to say, “We will review the order and advise our clients accordingly.” I’d like to remind you that the major motion, in which the commission’s mandate is sought to be enforced, is still pending in court. That application’s hearing has been rescheduled for the 22nd, so we’ll be back on the 22nd to hear the main motion.
“Let me stress that the main motion seeks to carry out the commission’s mandate, which is for UTAG to return to the classroom after their strike was declared unconstitutional. As a result, it will be the subject of debate, which we anticipate.”
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the UTAG strike was unlawful.
This happened following a meeting with labor unions and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on Thursday, January 13.
After the meeting, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Bright Wireku Brobbey informed journalists that the government expects the unions to do their job.
In the spirit of transparency and mutual respect, they have informed them that whatever allowance is due them since they were documented in the 2022 budget January will be paid. As a result, the Commission has ordered that the strike be called off immediately.
The NLC was forced to resort to court to carry out its decision when UTAG failed to call off the strike. The court had requested that the two parties resolve their disputes outside of court, which they did.