University of Education Winneba lecturers reject decision to suspend UTAG strike

University of Education Winneba lecturers reject decision to suspend UTAG strike

The National Executive Committee of the University Teachers Association of Ghana’s decision to suspend the industrial action has not sat down well with the University of Education  Winneba chapter as they have rejected the decision taken by the association.

This was after an emergency meeting by UTAG members at the University of Professional Studies where they decided to suspend their industrial action in demand for better conditions of service.

The final decision was otherwise left to their members at the 15 public universities to vote on and the UEW chapter voted against the decision On Tuesday, February 22.

Branch President Dr Pascal Kpodo says his members took the decision as a result of the government’s posture in the past regarding such agreements.

To him, the government cannot be trusted and they will continue to remain on strike until negotiations conclude.

“The reason why we are rejecting the decision has nothing to do with UTAG NEC,” Dr Kpodo emphasised.

“Rather, it has to do with the way the government side has been treating our agreement of understanding over the period,” he said

“Now the members cannot trust the government side to live up to expectation.”

He said his branch has the right to reject the decision by NEC since all chapters were given five days to vote on the decision.

More so, he pointed out, decisions by the member chapters are taken while the negotiations continue till Friday, March 4.

“But our members are very sceptical about that happening that is why as far as the members are concerned, we will rather remain on strike until what they are promising us come to pass.”

However, the management of some universities has announced the resumption of their academic calendar following the decision of UTAG’s national executives.

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