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University teachers to strike from Monday

Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have declared a strike effective Monday January 10, 2022, withdrawing all teaching and related activities until further notice.

A statement issued and signed by the National Executive Committee of the Association led by the UTAG President, Professor Solomon Nunoo, asked all members across their fifteen branches to observe the directive.

The association says it was hopeful that a Labour Market Survey (LMS) Report of 2019 would have been completed and implemented to put its members on a relatively good salary stead.

“Regrettably, the recommendations of the 2019 LMS Report without any accompanying technical report on the implementable MP is meaningless to UTAG as it does not address the pertinent issues of improved Conditions of Service”, the statement said. 

According to UTAG they are even doubtful if the 2019 LMS Report would ever be implemented since it is already two years old, adding that recommendation (iii) from the 2019 LMS Report states that “Public Services Commission should liaise with educational institutions to prioritise the offering of courses in areas of demand to increase the employment prospects of their graduates and increase the pool of applicants for high vacancies.”

“How can such a National Agenda be attained if the Conditions of Service of the University Teacher keeps worsening year on year leading to an ever-increasing attrition rate on our campuses?” the association asked.

UTAG members, the statement added, “see the timing of the release of the report as one of the usual delay tactics that the Employer has employed over the years, which is unacceptable.”

UTAG says its members are unhappy about the “pittance agreed to be paid as annual research allowance” asking government to reconsider and pay them a more realistic research allowance. 

The University Teachers are also calling on government to restore them to the 2013 IMP of 114% of Basic Salary in the interim whilst Government goes ahead to formulate guidelines to implement the appropriate recommendations to address the CoS of the University Teacher.

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