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UTAG makes U turn shortly after calling off strike (statement)

Wednesday, August 18 2021

University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) had been on nationwide strike for the past two weeks. The National Labour Commission (NLC) wet to court to seek injuction on the strike but UTAG was yet to comply to the directive of the court to call off the strike. In their last appearance in court on Monday, the court slapped UTAG with an amount of three thousand Ghana cedis for embarking on Illegal industrial action.

Today, the Government represented by the ministries of Education and Labour met at a close door meet with UTAG, with National Labour Commission as arbitrator. The first statement released after the meeting suggested that UTAG had called off the strike while NLC was to discontinue the court processes. This was contained in a statement signed by the minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum and national president of UTAG, Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo.However, information just coming in suggests that UTAG has taken back its position in the statement. According to News 360 report on TV3 monitored by CitizenOne today, UTAG was calling on all its members to continue with the strike action unabated. The association says its meeting with government today was inconclusive hence members should continue with the industrial action. It was not clear as to what caused the sadden u turn taken by UTAG few hours after calling off the strike.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana went on strike due to what it termed as poor conditions of service. According to the association, all efforts to have government meet their demands proofed futile. UTAG notified NLC of its intension to embark on strike since government was adamant in listening to them. Unfortunately NLC did not acknowledge receipt of their notice for four months. However, when the strike action started, NLC was first to declare the strike as illegal.

Below is the initial statement issued by the two bodies which has been sidelined. We are waiting to see what comes out of their next meeting scheduled for tomorrow. CitizenOne will bring you any update that will emerge from this developing story. Follow me to receive all updates automatically.

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Charles Ofosu Marfo.However Education Ghana NLC UTAG


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