Not even court action can compel UTAG to end our strike – Prof Gyampo

Not even court action can compel UTAG to end our strike – Prof Gyampo

Disgruntled members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)  who are still on strike has accused the government of resorting to intimidation to get them to end their strike action.

It has been the third week since UTAG commenced its back and forth with the government over their industrial action for a better condition of service.

Students who are unfortunately at the receiving end of this action fear this stand-off between UTAG and the government could disrupt the academic calendar

But a resolute  Secretary of the University of Ghana chapter of UTAG, Prof. Ransford Gyampo said not even a court action would cause them to resume work until their demands are met.

“Just to put it bluntly; we are not negotiating. UTAG has given its demands and for now, the government has not said anything to those demands. So we are not negotiating. We are willing to meet them in court because we know they will take us to court. Times are hard, but government finds money for whatever they want to do. So they should be engaging us frankly and honestly. Instead of them doing that, they have resorted to intimidating us.”

“They are worsening the situation because nobody can compel a teacher who is hungry and angry and has taken to industrial action to go back to the classroom. Members are aware of the actions, and they have resolved that [even] if it means they will commit all of us to prison, we are ready”, Prof. Gyampo cautioned.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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