Another strike seems looming from the quarters of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) as the country returns to the Breton Woods Institution, IMF.
Hundreds of Ghanaians were in a rage on Friday, July 1, after hearing that the government had decided to ask the IMF for help.
Numerous disgruntled citizens then flocked to social media to condemn the situation.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has warned the government that it won’t tolerate IMF conditionalities that will disadvantage its members.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) will not accept any conditions that will harm its members, according to the press statement of the Association.
The Association announced on Monday, July 4, that it has noted the government’s request for financial support from the Fund.
However, it emphasized that it would not accept any policy order from the Fund that had negative consequences.
A portion of the statement said, “We, thus, feel unhappy with the Government’s decision given its possible adverse impact on UTAG members, and by extension public sector workers, and its consequence on the operations of Public Universities.”
“We want to make it clear that the Ghanaian government must make sure that the terms of the support do not adversely affect the terms of service of labor unions, particularly UTAG.
“The statement said, “In particular, UTAG would not accept any IMF conditionality that adversely affected the current agreements between Government and UTAG to enhance the Conditions of Service of our members.
However, UTAG advised the government to embrace the chance to visit the IMF to “employ local expertise to support the formulation of a comprehensive programme that would form the basis of all negotiations with the IMF.”
Additionally, it stated that it was prepared to “provide technical backstopping support services to the government to analyze the policy choices and build the programme for effective and efficient engagement with the IMF.”UTAG PRESS STATEMENT ON GHANA SEEKING SUPPORT FROM IMF
We won’t tolerate IMF conditionalities that disadvantage us – UTAG warns government
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