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NLC sues UTAG over ongoing strike

NLC sues UTAG over ongoing strike

The National Labour Commission (NLC), has sued the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) over its ongoing industrial action.

The NLC is praying the court to compel the lecturers to call of the strike and return to the lecture halls.

The Commission had earlier declared UTAG’s strike illegal and directed its members to return to work.

UTAG’s strike continues regardless. The lecturers say they will not heed to the directive until their demands are satisfactorily met.

The leadership of UTAG says its legal team is poised to take on the National Labour Commission in court on February 3 when the case will be called.

Meanwhile, thousands of students are bearing the brunt of the three-week old strike and are pleading with government to heed their lecturers’ demands so academic work can resume.

Background

UTAG members across the country went on strike on January 10, to protest the current conditions of service.

The are asking 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.

Current arrangements pegs members’ basic premiums at $997.84.

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