The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) after it suspended its strike action to negotiate with the government over a better condition of service has called on President Akufo-Addo to intervene in the matter.
Secretary of UTAG, Prof Gyampo who made the call in a letter to the government and copied to his Facebook page today, 17th September 2021 said the one month negotiation period expires in five days but no good result has been achieved at the roundtable.
“I however wish to respectfully remind you that the one month negotiation period expires in five days time. Unfortunately, as of now, nothing concrete has been achieved,” the University Teachers Association member stated.
According to him, the Minister for Finance, Mr Kenneth Ofori-Atta responsible for approving the payment of allowance and other arrears owed them has not been attending the negotiation meetings to note their concerns.
“I am told, much of the issues have to do with your Finance Minister, who is still not attending meetings himself but delegating, probably, because he sees University Teachers Association of Ghana matters as trivial,” Prof Gyampo said.
The Secretary added, “he may continue to treat us like rags, but when there is a mobilization of the anger of UTAG in a manner that creates a praetorian situation, the bucks would stop with you in dealing with the mess.”
The University of Ghana lecturer has consequently urged President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to intervene in the matter before they declare continuation of the suspended industrial action.
“No one can contain the anger of University Teachers should they be allowed to strike again, after the expiration of the one month negotiation period,” A simple survey on the various campuses will give a sense of how bitter and angry they are for the disrespectful manner in which they have been treated over the years the Political science lecturer stated in the open letter addressed to the central government.
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