UTAG, University Teachers Association Ghana is currently on strike because their condition of service has not been implemented by the government of Ghana under the leadership of Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum and Nana Akufo-Addo.
The strike action has left many students of the various universities across the country, especially the first-year students stranded with no idea of the academic year so far since reopening.
Responding to a directive by the National Labour Commission (NLC) to call off the industrial action, UTAG after an emergency meeting resolved that not until their demands are met, nothing can make them pick up their tools.
The resolution says that the National Labour Commission has not been proactive on issues relating to labour unrest especially regarding the obligations of the government of Ghana to UTAG. Read the full UTAG resolution here:
UNIVERSITY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA – UTAG UNIVERSITY OF GHANA – RESOLUTION – 17th January, 2022
1. At an Emergency Meeting held on 17th January, 2022, UG-UTAG Members noted with concern, the 13th January 2022 National Labor Commission’s (NLC) ruling on the legality of the industrial action embarked upon by University Teachers across the country on 10th January 2022.
Members were surprised at the NLC directive for the strike to be called off due to late notification, even though the NLC had deliberately evaded and frustrated the processes to serve them with notification. Members also expressed worry about the unhelpful posturing of the NLC because, UTAG’s intention to strike had always been in the public domain from the middle of 2021, yet the NLC had not been proactive in resolving the issues, particularly with regard to the Government’s obligations to UTAG.
2. Unanimously, UG-UTAG Members resolved that, to the extent that their demands for improved Conditions of Service have not been met, they are unable to call off the strike in spite of the NLC directive.
3. Members reiterated their rejection of the 6 ^ 15 October 2021 MoA and demanded that they be restored to the 2013 entry point salary level of the cedi equivalent of 2,084 USD per month. They noted that the preparation of a Labor Market Survey Report alone does not necessarily lead to improvement in their Conditions of Service, recalling the non-implementation of a similar Report in 2014.
They, therefore, found the claim by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) that, all issues about UTAG’s Conditions of Service have been resolved, simply because a Report has been produced, as diversionary, propagandistic, and in very bad faith.
4. Members resolved that they will not call off the strike until their demands have been met. They charged the National Executives of UTAG and the National Executive Committee to be proactive, resolute, and resilient in championing the fight for better Conditions of Service. They also tabled some strategic ideas to sustain the strike.
Dr. Samuel Nkumbaan (President)
Prof Ransford Gyampo (Secretary)