Ransford Gyampo, a professor at the University of Ghana, has stated that he will continue to battle for better working conditions for university professors in Ghana, regardless of the repercussions.
According to him, the status of academics in Ghana is dire, prompting him to urge on the government to take action to address the problem.
“Leadership is about sacrifice, people died and people lost their lives, blood was spilled, so if people died and you will go to jail for three months, so be it,” he said on the New Day show on TV3 with Johnnie Hughes on Wednesday February 23 when his attention was drawn to the fact that continuing the strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) will amount to contempt following the court order stopping the strike.
He went on to say that the labor unrest isn’t meant to make the government unpopular. Rather, he stated that it is to ensure that the government complies with their legal demands.
“Anytime you make a demand or make a point, they want to examine it through partisan lenses.” They say you’re NDC all of a sudden, and sometimes they say you’re NPP. It doesn’t make sense to me.
“My name is Ransford Gyampo.” We took them on when NDC arrived. The NPP is in power, and we have reasonable expectations; but, just because a certain party is in charge does not mean that our requirements have been satisfied overnight.
“Those who say ‘you are making the government unpopular,’ it is not our intention to make anyone uncomfortable; our intention is that 114 percent of a lecturer’s base wage is roughly 1400.”
Meanwhile, UTAG’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voted to halt the strike for two weeks in order to begin discussions at an emergency meeting on the campus of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
This came after the Labour Division of the Accra High Court granted the National Labour Commission’s interlocutory injunction application against the UTAG strike (NLC).