STRIKE: NLC Cancels Meeting With UTAG

After the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) declined the commission’s invitation to meet, the National Labor Commission canceled the meeting today.

The NLC has canceled the meeting, according to a letter dated February 7, 2022, due to UTAG’s refusal to come before them. The NLC invited UTAG and its attorney, Darko Keli-Delataa, and the firm to discuss and resolve the issues that led to their strike action on February 4, 2022.

When the NLC took the case to court on February 3, 2022, the court advised the parties to resolve their differences outside of court. The decision by UTAG to deny the NLC’s invitation could lead to a rematch in court on February 10, 2022.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has met with some Vice-Chancellors of the 15 public institutions and believes that UTAG will call off its strike. After the government failed to fulfill its share of the agreement following UTAG’s previous strike action in September 2021, the union went on strike on January 10.

The National Executives Council of UTAG announced in a news release announcing their strike action that they would like the employer to restore its members to the 2013 IMP of 114 percent of basic income while developing policies and guidelines to alleviate the working conditions.

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According to the union, it is beset by deteriorating working conditions and the employer’s incapacity to address these issues within the timeframes set forth.

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