Parliament’s Education Committee to meet UTAG to resolve strike impasse

Parliament’s Education Committee to meet UTAG to resolve strike impasse

The Education Committee in Ghana’s legislature is scheduled to meet the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana this week to find a way to resolve the issue between the Union and the Government.

This stems from the recent instruction from the Labour Division of the High Court for the second time calling on the National Labour Commission and UTAG to return to the negotiation table.

Both parties have not been able to make headway over UTAG’s five-week-old strike.

 Ranking Member on the Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe has pointed out that, the meeting is needed to avert the shutdown of the various public universities.

“It is necessary for the committee to come into the matter because the university may shut down any moment from now.”

“We will send them [UTAG] an invitation so that we can meet with them and listen to them and make appeals to both sides to resolve the differences quickly,” he said.

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

The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

UTAG lamented that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.

The National Labour Commission dragged UTAG to court, but the two were told to return to the negotiation table.

The commission sued, seeking the enforcement of its order, which was defied by public university teachers in the country.

The commission earlier directed UTAG to call off its strike, but this directive was not adhered to.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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