UTAG declares strike

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has notified all its members to withdraw all teaching and related activities with effect from Monday, August 2.

This appears to follow a breakdown in negotiations with government over the university teachers’ conditions of service including research allowances.

A circular jointly signed by National President Professor Charles Marfo and National Secretary Dr Eric Abavare on Friday, July 30 indicated that all campuses are to withdraw teaching, examinations, invigilation, marking of exam scripts, and processing of exam results services, among others, until further notice.

“We encourage all members on our various campuses to comply with this directive,” the circular urged.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has indicated that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with UTAG is set to be implemented in August.

A release signed by Deputy Minister Bright Wireko-Brobby noted that a meeting was held between a government team including representatives from the Finance and Education ministries and UTAG on Friday over the latter’s concerns.

Mr Wireko-Brobby pointed out an agreement was reached for a committee to be constituted within 30 days to consider all issues related to salaries and make recommendations.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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