THE STRIKE BY UTAG HASN’T SUSPENDED; THE DECISION WILL BE MADE BASED ON THE NLC'S AND THE EMPLOYMENT MINISTRY'S ACTIONS.

THE STRIKE BY UTAG HASN’T BEEN SUSPENDED:

THE DECISION WILL BE MADE BASED ON THE NLC’S AND THE EMPLOYMENT MINISTRY’S ACTIONS.

THE STRIKE BY UTAG HASN’T SUSPENDED;

Samuel Nkuban, President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), UG Chapter, claims the union has not suspended its strike, despite agreeing to return work after an emergency meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

UTAG has agreed to take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action while the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, in collaboration with the National Labour Commission (NLC), takes steps to end all legal processes against the association, according to a memorandum of agreement obtained by JoyNews.

UTAG has agreed to take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action while the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, in collaboration with the National Labour Commission (NLC), takes steps to end all legal processes against the association, according to a memorandum of agreement obtained by JoyNews.

Mr Samuel Nkuban, commenting on PM Express, said the Association cannot say whether or not its strike action has been called off because that decision is contingent on the government’s steps yet to be done.

“Today’s outcome is still contingent on a number of things happening and so it is no guarantee that we are off or on because what is contingent is that.. we have done a road map to give us a one month period within which we must have agreed with government on what it is we want or that we agree on what it is that is acceptable by general membership that we can work with. Aside that, also premised on is the fact that all the legal processes are discontinued against UTAG because we can’t be in court.

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“So the condition of UTAG also taking steps to suspend the action is premised on these things and we are looking forward to the next day or two to see how those pan out. We haven’t suspended action as we speak. Suspension of the action is premised on the steps both parties are taking,” he explained.

When both parties appear before the Labour Court on Thursday, Mr. Nkuban told anchor Aisha Ibrahim that the Association expects all legal actions against it to be withdrawn.

If that is the case, he said, “we [UTAG] also have until Friday to engage with our general membership on the basis of good will as well as a commitment from government that within one month, we will be at a point where everyone agrees this is where we want to be, and then the processes of, say, resuming strike will not have to happen.”

Following that, when the Labour Court of the High Court convened to hear the injunction case brought before the Association by the National Labour Commission (NLC) on the strike action, the Court fined UTAG GH3,000 for wasting its time due to its incapacity to complete protocols.

SOURCE: myjoyonline.com

 

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