Following the strike’s suspension, the NLC withdraws its complaint against UTAG.
Following UTAG’s withdrawal of its industrial action on Wednesday [August 18, 2021], the National Labour Commission (NLC) has withdrawn its complaint against the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).
The NLC was in court, contesting the validity of the UTAG strike, which threatened the academic calendar of public universities. UTAG, on the other hand, had remained adamant, accusing the NLC of acting in bad faith in its talks with the teachers’ union.
Yehoda Kotey, the NLC’s lawyer, notified the Court today [Thursday] about the memorandum of understanding agreed during Wednesday’s meeting between UTG, the Employment and Labour Relations Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the NLC.
The NLC’s lawyer, Yehoda Kotey, notified the Court today [Thursday] about the memorandum of understanding signed during a meeting between UTG, the Employment and Labour Relations Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission on Wednesday.
Following the MoU, UTAG called a halt to its strike, and the NLC asked the court to declare the strike lifted.
On the NLC’s request, Justice Frank Rockson Aboadwe dismissed the case.
The parties are scheduled to resume talks on market premiums, book allowances, and other UTAG concerns.
Following the deliberations, the parties have agreed as follows:
- That both parties (Government and UTAG) agree that there is a need to get back to the negotiating table from the week beginning Monday, August 23, 2021.
- That a road for negotiation, as agreed at previous consultative meetings between the parties, which imposes a one-month mandatory period beginning 23rd August 2021 for negotiations, shall be signed by both parties;
- That whilst the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations in conjunction with the NLC is taking steps to discontinue all legal processes against UTAG, UTAG will also take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action;
- That government acknowledges the need to improve the working conditions of University Teachers and shall treat this will all the seriousness it deserves.
The strike is taking place.
Members of the UTAG have been on strike since the beginning of August 2021, demanding that the government reinstate the 2012 service conditions, which they claim are significantly better than the current scenario.
Entry-level lecturers were paid $2,084 under the 2012 Single Spine package, compared to about $900 under the current level.
The UTAG strike has had a significant impact on academic and non-academic work at numerous tertiary institutions.
The National Labour Commission (NLC) and UTAG were encouraged by the High Court’s Labour Division 1 to address the stalemate over their industrial action outside of court.
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