The Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, has encouraged the government to pay attention to the requests of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG).
On Thursday, the Committee held an intervention meeting with UTAG over its strike, during which UTAG agreed to make a decision on the strike at the Committee’s request.
MP Akatsi North said after the meeting that the teachers had real problems and were willing to work with the committee. The government was not listening to them.
“We listened to both sides, and we realised that there was still a need for more to be done, especially on the part of the government, because, as an employer, you need to listen to workers.”
“There were a number of issues on the table, and we hope that if the government opens up, they will be able to resolve the matter within the shortest possible time,” he said.
Following an appeal by the National Labour Commission, UTAG has been given an order to stop the strike by the court. The court, on two occasions, directed both parties to reach an out-of-court settlement. UTAG, on the other hand, has yet to make a decision on whether or not to call off the strike.
UTAG has been on strike since January 10 in an attempt to persuade the government to reinstate the 2012 conditions of service. A lecturer’s basic plus market premium was set at $2,084.42 in the 2012 conditions of service. According to UTAG, the basic premiums for its members have dropped to $997.84.