The High Court’s Labour Division 1 has urged the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to settle their issues over their industrial action outside of court.
UTAG has constantly accused the National Labour Commission of acting in bad faith in functioning as a mediator in the standoff between UTAG and the government since they declared an indefinite strike on August 2.
The Labour Commission judged the UTAG strike to be illegal and sought an injunction to put an end to it.
NLC is seeking contempt charges and sanctions against the teacher union’s leadership after they refused to call off the strike.
Citi News’ encounters with both parties over the last two weeks have revealed a breakdown in communication, with both sides expressing strong viewpoints.
However, on Monday, August 16, 2021, the Presiding Judge, Justice Frank Rockson Aboadwe, requested the parties to reconsider their positions and consider returning to the negotiating table.
Before the Court adjourns on Wednesday, August 19, 2021, to decide how to continue, the NLC and UTAG have only two days to act on the advise.
Meanwhile, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has been fined GH3,000 by the Labour Court 1 Division of the High Court for what it claims was a waste of time.
Members of the UTAG have been on strike since the start of August, demanding that the government restore the service conditions agreed upon in 2012, which they claim are considerably better to the current situation.
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 various tertiary institutions.