UTAG Suspends Strike, As Negotiations Begin August 23, Monday.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has agreed to suspend its strike, following an emergency meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

This is contained in a Memorandum of Agreement between the government and the UTAG, copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, signed for the government while Professor Charles Ofosu Marfo, National President of UTAG, signed on behalf of the Association.

UTAG and the government in a Memorandum agreed to begin negotiations on the matter from Monday, August 23, 2021.

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It also agreed that the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, in conjunction with the National Labour Commission, would take steps to discontinue all legal processes against UTAG while UTAG would also take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action.

The statement said the government acknowledged the need to improve the working conditions of University teachers and would treat the agreement with all the seriousness it deserved.

UTAG is demanding the implementation of a 2012 Single Spine package, which put entry-level lecturers on a salary of $2,084.

NLC secured the court injunction against UTAG’ s strike on August 2, arguing that the law barred UTAG from proceeding on the industrial action when negotiations were underway.

Now that the strike has been suspended and negotiations are underway. UTAG would like to stress on the fact that this is a suspension. Not a Call-off, hence after a 1-month stipulated period for the negotiations and a consensus is not reached, the strike could resume.

This is meant to create chance for any disruption of academic activities especially examinations to be properly addressed.

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