As the University Teachers Association continue their industrial action they have been invited to a meeting today 13th January 2022 by the National Labour Commission along with Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to address issues regarding UTAG’s strike action.
According to the Commission, this scheduled meeting is to settle the dispute between the two parties. This comes on the back of allegations by UTAG that the FWSC had delayed in releasing the report of the Labour Market Survey (LMS).
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) said they are optimistic about reaching a consensus with the government on resolving the current impasse.
UTAG withdrew its services indefinitely on Monday, January 10, to demand better conditions of service.
Dr. Solomon Nunoo, the National President of UTAG, says, “It is too early to tell that we need to call off the strike at this time. At the NLC, we need to probe into what really the reason is for calling us to come to the table. The NLC’s job is to ensure that strike doesn’t take place at all. If you give them notice and nothing is done, the strike takes place. I have difficulty in understanding the rationale behind the move,” he said.
UTAG, in a statement dated January 6, 2022, complained about what it refers to as the lack of trust that has so far characterised its engagements with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).
It thus through its National Executive Committee (NEC) withdrew all teaching and related activities over the inability of the employer to stick to the agreed timelines.