UTAG strike: Lecturers to decide next line of action by Sunday

Lecturers in the country’s public universities say they will decide whether or not to call off their industrial action by the end of this weekend.

This follows the National Labour Commission’s directive for the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to resume work, describing their nationwide action as illegal.

UTAG is on a collision course with the government which has disrupted academic teaching and learning on all campuses. 

The teachers say the strike is meant to compel the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012, which pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

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

But speaking to Accra-based Citi News, the National President of UTAG, Dr Solomon Nunoo said deliberations within the group have started, and a decision would be made after their crunch meeting.

“We had a NEC meeting yesterday. We are going to have another today. We are aware of the NLC’s declaration that the strike is illegal. We need to inform the people concerned. We need to quickly get all the people involved so that we can make progress.”

“We will meet all the groups between today and tomorrow, and so hopefully by Sunday, we will have gathered the views of all stakeholders. Once we do this, we can make a decision.”

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