The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has issued a stern warning, indicating that it will proceed with its planned strike if the government fails to address their concerns.
The union’s decision to embark on a nationwide strike stems from the government’s failure to engage in meaningful negotiations regarding their conditions of service.
Dr. Eliasu Mumuni, the General Secretary of UTAG, emphasized that discussions on base pay, linked to market premiums, stand out as the crucial factor that could lead them to reconsider their stance.
Dr. Mumuni informed journalists that UTAG members would convene to announce a specific date for the nationwide strike.
“We need that collective permission for membership to say we are behind you, so go ahead. And within this period, we are working on that and prompting the NLC that this is how far we think we can come with the government when it has to do with our conditions of service.
So within the period, if they are not able to reach us and we have gone through the formality of engaging all the membership of all the 15 campuses, as well as prompting the Labour Commission, then we are good to go,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) on Wednesday, walked out of a meeting with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).
They cited the commission’s perceived lack of good faith, contempt, and nonchalant attitude towards addressing crucial aspects of their conditions of service as the reasons for their action.
Expressing frustration with the perceived disrespect and lack of commitment from the commission, UTAG and TUTAG declared their unwillingness to participate in meetings that do not result in tangible benefits.
They issued a clear warning that the voices of university lecturers would soon be heard in a manner more comprehensible to the employer or the government.