UTAG to also strike

The University of Ghana chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has served notice to also strike from January 10th, 2022 to demand for better conditions of service and an increment in salaries of university lecturers.

This comes after a day after Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) has also declared a strike.

Secretary of the University of Ghana UTAG, Professor Ransford Gyampo said notices had been sent across.

The National Labour Commission (NLC) had asked the government to resolve the issues with the unions in order to stop their planned strike.

The NLC implored on the government to act swiftly in order to reduce the burden on the commission as far as labour agitations are concerned.

The Executive Secretary of the NLC, Mr Ofosu Asamoah told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Wednesday January 5 that “Government must also see to it that it carries out its mandate so that the commission can also take a breather.

“We are hard on the government as a commission but we are not able to come out for people to know the kind of pressure we exert on the government.”

He added “We are up to the task, we will see to it that UTAG’s strike will be attended to before they go on strike on January 10.”

Over 35, 000 members of TEWU withdrew their services from today.

The members are demanding the payment of 600 cedis each professional development allowance..

At a news conference in Accra on Tuesday January 4 General Secretary of TEWU, Mark Denkyira Korankye said, though the schools are re-opening tomorrow there will not be caterers to cook for the students..

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“We went to the Ministry of Education, we have written and given all the justifications that is required.

“The Minister said we should liaise with the Ghana Education Service management, we are have engaged them. In fact, in the wisdom of the management of GES, they said let us put together a technical committee to look at the issues and give appropriate recommendations.

“This was supposed to have been complete in September last year. We are in January 2022 , the committee has not even met let alone to make a recommendations for its consideration. so we feel that this feet dragging is un purpose maybe to deny our members of this right and that this why we think that we must push and move to the next step where that one will compel management to sit and conclude any discussion with us on this matter.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana