Some UEW UTAG members kick against branch’s decision to oppose suspension of strike

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Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku, a former University of Education, Winneba UTAG President and two of his colleagues have kicked against his branch’s decision to vote against the decision to suspend the strike.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said the two-week period for negotiations with the government was reasonable.

He was joined by two colleagues, Professor Samuel Asiedu Addo and Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe, in this regard.

“If leadership is asking for two weeks, we feel it is not that big a deal,” he said.

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“We feel that the best way is to allow leadership to negotiate with the government, that is why we believe that we are not going to join those who feel UTAG shouldn’t suspend the strike.”

UTAG’s National Executive Committee suspended its seven-week-old strike on Tuesday after a meeting on Monday.

The resolution taken by the NEC of UTAG  will however have to be put before members of the Association, who have five days within which to vote to reject or accept the decision.

UTAG had been on strike since January 10 to force the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.

The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

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

An injunction was placed on the strike by UTAG after an appeal by the National Labour Commission.

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