The University Teachers Association of Ghana’s branch at the University of Ghana has urged the government to take action and stop wasting time with endless meetings and negotiations.
Professor Ransford Gyampo, the newly elected Secretary, said in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM: “We have been negotiating since 2012, and today I learned there is a meeting to establish a path to negotiation. They have no intention of negotiating. It makes me laugh.”
He went on to say that the government’s efforts to reintegrate UTAG members into the classroom have been ineffective thus far.
“Teachers do not eat meetings and negotiations”. We’ve been negotiating for nearly ten years; how many more years do you want us to negotiate for? Tell us so we can tell UTAG members so we know we’re negotiating in perpetuity,” Professor Gyampo made this statement as reported by Starrfmonline.com.
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“Politicians encourage their constituents to tighten their belts while they relax their belts and eat.”
Since last Tuesday, UTAG members have been on strike over poor working conditions and the government’s unwillingness to address long-standing issues.
After calling the lecturers’ strike as “unreasonable,” the National Labor Commission obtained a 10-day interlocutory injunction ordering them to return to work.
UTAG has also filed legal papers to get the injunction lifted, while threatening to continue the strike until the government meets its demands.