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University lecturers snub labour commission and announce extension of strike

Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) across all 15 branches of the association have unanimously resolved to continue their withdrawal of teaching and related services until further notice.

The UTAG members also rejected the ruling of the National Labour Commission on the 13th of January 2022 against them.

A statement signed by the National Secretary of UTAG, Dr Asare Asante-Annor, announcing the decision of the general membership to continue the strike action despite the Commission’s ruling, urged all members to remain calm.

The lecturers are unhappy with what some members say are “the delay tactics being used by the Employer in addressing the eroded salary of the University Teacher.” Lecturers at the University of Mine and Technology, UMAT, branch for example voted unanimously to continue with the strike “for as long as necessary until our demands are met by the Employer.”

The University of Cape Coast branch also voted unanimously to urge the National Secretariat of UTAG to “remain focused, united and resolute to sustain the strike action to press home its demands for a better Conditions of Service.”

Members of the University of Ghana branch also resolved among others to reiterate their rejection of the 6th October 2021 MoA and demanded that they must be restored to the 2013 entry point salary level of the cedi equivalent of 2,084 USD per month.

To UTAG members at the University of Development Studies branch, “government through the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Labour have not shown goodwill and fairness in responding to our strike action.”

The group says, “the condescending posture of the NLC and the FWSC shows that government is not serious with our CoS.”

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