UTAG Agrees to Suspend Strike Action to allow negotiations – NEC Meeting Outcome

University Teachers Association of Ghana UTAG

Following the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) emergency meeting on Monday, February 21, 2022 to evaluate their ongoing strike action, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG, has agreed to suspend its strike action.

UTAG Agrees to Suspend Strike Action to allow negotiations – NEC Meeting Outcome

This important outcome was revealed by Prof. Ransford Gyampo, the General Secretary of UTAG’s University of Ghana Chapter, in a Facebook post.

He did point out that they have decided to
suspend their industrial action and to allow
negotiations to commence and be concluded
in two weeks.

However, he stated that under UTAG’s constitution, members of the Association have five days to vote on whether to reject or accept the NEC’s decision.

Prof Ransford Gyampo Stated the following on his Facebook page; 

“Dear All,
Be ye informed that, at a National Executive
Committee meeting held this evening
(Monday 21 st February 2022), we decided to
suspend our industrial action and to allow
negotiations to commence and be concluded
in two weeks. This is in view of the court
order, appeals from the Parliamentary Select
Committee on Education, and other Eminent
Ghanaians.
Per section 4(b) of the UTAG’s constitution,
our members have five days to vote to
accept or reject this decision. We hope ore
serious ovatures are made to convince
members.
We do not like the strike and hope there is
sincerity and more commitment in
addressing our concerns. Beyond any
temporal intervention, we ask for a more
lasting solution and not quick fixes”

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UTAG Agrees to Suspend Strike Action to allow negotiations - NEC Meeting Outcome
UTAG Agrees to Suspend Strike Action to allow negotiations – NEC Meeting Outcome

Background…

Following the Association’s meeting with the Education Committee of Parliament, UTAG was urged to initiate steps to call off the industrial action.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) then decided to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to evaluate their ongoing strike action.

UTAG has been on strike since January 10 to force the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.

An injunction has however been placed on the strike after an appeal by the National Labour Commission (NLC).

UTAG Demands 

UTAG wants the government to reinstate the 2012 service conditions, which set the monthly salary for entry-level lecturers at $2,084.

The Association claims that the new agreement has decreased the basic rates for its members to $997.84.

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