Court grants injunction against UTAG strike

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The Labour Division of the Accra High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction application filed against the strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) by the National Labour Commission (NLC), TV3’s Richard Bright Addo, who was in court, has reported.

Speaking to journalists after court proceedings on Tuesday, February 15, lawyer for the UTAG Kwesi Keli-Deletaa said: “The motion was seeking to enforce the directive of the [National] Labour Commission, which was filed before the injunction application was filed.

“In our view, the main motion which is seeking to enforce the directive of the NLC should have been heard first but the judge thought otherwise and decided that the injunction application should be heard first and the outcome of that application is what you all witnessed in court today, the judge decided to grant the interlocutory injunction application.”

The NLC had ruled that the strike by UTAG, embarked upon on Monday, January 10, was illegal.

This was after a meeting with the labour unions and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations held on Thursday, January 13.

After the meeting, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Bright Wireku Brobbey told journalists that the government was expecting that the unions did the needful.

“In the spirit of transparency and very mutual respect for them, they have assured them that whatever allowance is due them because they were captured in the 2022 budget [by] January they are going to be paid,” he had said on that day.

“Therefore, the Commission has directed that they go and call off the strike immediately.”

But UTAG failed to call off the strike, a situation that forced the NLC to go to court to enforce its order.

The court earlier asked the two parties to settle this issue out of its jurisdiction but that did has not happened until Tuesday, when the injunction application by NLC was granted.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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