UTAG is bound by the affidavit to return to the lecture hall – NLC Boss

UTAG is bound by the affidavit to return to the lecture hall – NLC Boss

After securing an interlocutory injunction against the University Teachers Association of Ghana’s industrial action by the Accra High Court, Executive Director of the National Labour Commission, Ofosu Asamoah says UTAG members are expected back in the lecture halls.

Mr. Asamoah pointed out that UTAG members are bound to resume work, as it swore an affidavit to suspend its strike if the court grants an injunction.

“In their sworn affidavit, they told the court that if the court upholds our affidavit they will have no option than to return to the classroom, so I do not think they can go back on their word. It is a sworn affidavit before the court,” said Mr. Asamoah

UTAG has been on strike since January 10, 2022, in demand for better conditions of service.

Per what transpired in court yesterday, Tuesday, February 15, the NLC’s legal team prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction against the action by UTAG before the hearing of its substantive case seeking enforcement of its order to UTAG to call off its industrial action.

But UTAG’s lawyer, Kwasi Keli-Delataa, objected to the motion and pleaded with the court to deal with the substantive matter before it.

In his ruling, His Lordship Rockson Aboadwe was of the view that the negotiations between both parties would not yield the needed results if the industrial action persists and thus granted the injunction.

The NLC in a statement said the court will give a ruling on the substantive case on February 22, 2022.

“The main motion will however be heard in the same court to determine the substance of the matter on 22nd February 2022.

However, the National Secretary of UTAG, Dr. Asare Asante- Annor, says UTAG will decide on its next line of action after the court gives a ruling on the substantive case seeking enforcement of the NLC’s order to UTAG to call off its industrial action.

“There was a directive from the NLC concerning the lecturers going back to the lecture room. The case was heard for the interlocutory injunction today, Tuesday, and then the substantive one will be heard on Tuesday. We would have to wait for the certified order and then we can take our next action.”

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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