The decision by the University Teachers Association not to honour the National Labour Commission’s invitation has been described as unfortunate by the NLC as they were seeking to address issues that have led to UTAG still not resuming duties in the lecture halls at the various universities.
NLC’s complaints stem from the fact that UTAG through its legal representative turned down a meeting between them and the government to resolve the ongoing industrial action.
The NLC on the other hand is following the stipulated orders of the court which urged both parties to resolve the issues out of court.
Mr Ofosu Asamoah, Executive Secretary of the NLC has expressed disappointment at the turn of events.
He said the commission will however hope that the two parties are able to resolve the issue amicably.
“The Commission has written to the government side upon the letter it received from UTAG. On Wednesday, when the commission meets, it will take a close look at the letter and take a decision on it. They have thwarted the efforts of the commission to facilitate settlement as directed by the court. It is an unfortunate decision.”
“If the commission finds that they are engaging the government [directly] and the matter will be settled, then fine. The most important thing we want is that the matter is resolved, but I don’t think that it goes down well for a party to defy the orders of the commission and even when ordered by the court, they still go ahead to defy it. It is an unfortunate development,” he said.
However, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Education Minister is optimistic that university lecturers will soon return to the lecture halls in the coming days.
According to him, some decisions have been taken and will be announced soon.