UTAG asked to return to lecture rooms despite strike veto votes



Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) despite their displeasure over the temporary suspension of the industrial action have been urged to return to lecture rooms to start academic activities.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG in a statement copied to EducationWeb said the temporary discontinuation of the strike action until March 4, 2022, is to pave way for further negotiation with the government.

Commenting on the ongoing votes on the strike suspension, members of the University Teachers Association (UTAG) have been urged to state their position whether they are for the suspension of the industrial action or otherwise.

“The referendum ends on Monday, February 28, 2022, and we wish all branches that will vote on that day success. Afterwards, NEC of UTAG has up to 5 days to meet to consider the outcome of the referendum,” it said in the release.

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The Executive Committee on Friday said it has instructed its legal team to undertake due and required process for the resumption of the strike action should the round table negotiations with the government ends conclusively.

“The NEC of UTAG is cautiously optimistic that within the stipulated period of the temporal suspension of the strike action, we could get the needed results. Hence we wish to appeal to all members to return to lecture rooms,” it noted.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in early January this year declared the nationwide strike action in all public universities in a bid to get the government to comply with the conditions of service agreed in 2012.

But the University Association last week following an appeal from the general public and eminent leaders in the country including former President, Mr John Agyekum Kuffour has temporarily suspended its industrial action.

“The UTAG should heed the advice of the eminent leaders, the Select Committee on Education and the court ruling to suspend our strike action up to March 4, 2022, to engage with the government,” NEC of UTAG said in a press release.


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