The National Union of Ghana Students has called on the National Labour Commission not to go ahead with its legal battle against the University Teachers Association of Ghana.
The NLC wants an interlocutory injunction to make the lecturers, who have embarked on industrial action for four weeks now, to return to the lecture halls after it declared their action illegal.
Students who are most affected by the situation between their lecturers and government are appealing to parties involved to go back to the negotiation table to resolve the matter rather than using the court.
NUGS expressed disappointment in the government and the teachers association inability to resolve the situation.
“The strike has left university students in a state of dilemma as to whether to continue to stay on campus or not. This is unfair to us since being in school comes with an extra cost to parents and guardians. UTAG and government must understand that parents make extra expenses to keep their wards in school, and it is unfair the expenses go waste.”
“Students now loiter around university campuses without resumption of academic work anywhere insight. The industrial deadlock between UTAG and the government is happening at a dreadful cost to university students,” the statement added.
“We are entreating both parties not to go into negotiations with a display of ego (powerplay) which may delay the desired outcome of consensus. This we believe will make matters worse if not curbed moving forward,” it urged.
For a peaceful resolution of the matter, the Students Union called on the National Labour Commission (NLC) to withdraw its lawsuit against the University Teachers Association (UTAG).
The union also appealed to UTAG as a matter of urgency to suspend the industrial action and return to negotiations for prospective students to commence the academic activity for this academic year.