The National Labour Commission has slammed managers of the various public universities after efforts to get members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana back into the lecture halls proved futile.
Executive Secretary of the NLC, Mr. Ofosu Asamoah was disappointed that managers of the universities could not see to it that the NLC directive is adhered to for UTAG members to resume lecturing.
“The UTAG appeared before the commission with the government side and the university managers and when the issue came for determination, it was declared as illegal so if it is illegal it is for the university managers, the Vice-Chancellors, the heads of departments and the government to ensure that they are in their classrooms,” he said.
As it stands now, UTAG members on all campuses have withdrawn their services till the government restores the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.
According to the 2012 conditions of service, the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer is pegged at $2,084.42.
UTAG members lamented that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.
NLC also deems the ongoing strike as illegal, but UTAG has failed to back down on its industrial action.
Mr. Asamoah expressed disappointment in the fact that management had failed to notify the NLC of UTAG’s failure to call off its strike.
“Anytime the NLC makes a declaration, those who are supposed to assist with the problem are not doing it. Whether they are in the lecture halls or not, the NLC will not know. Did the managers of the university write to the NLC informing us that the directive had not been adhered to?”