UTAG and other University Teacher unions have decided to embark on a nationwide strike effective the 13th. of October 2022. This is on the back of the failure of the government to meet its part of the negotiations that ensued in previous months. As we all know, UTAG has embarked on strike two times now beginning in the later part of last year and earlier this year. This destroyed the academic calendar. For close to two months, students were just on campus and academic activities were not in effect. Meanwhile, just last week UTAG and the other University Teacher Unions granted a press conference and some issues were discussed here is a background of the conference below.
If the government doesn't pay the agreed-upon Book and Research stipend, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has threatened to stop providing its services. The government and the union leaders have already discussed a price point for the research allowance.
Professor Solomon Nunoo, President of UTAG, pleaded with the government to, among other things, pay the book and research allowance to support professors in carrying out their responsibilities efficiently during a press conference in Accra.
“We know the language that easily sinks in their psyche, and we will speak it in one week if they fail to heed to their agreement with us,” Prof. Nunoo said.
Just today, the 5th. October 2022, UTAG and the other University Teacher unions have declared a nationwide strike which takes effect from the 13th. October 2022. This will mean that the services of all lecturers in all public universities in the country shall be withdrawn. However, it is already clear that students have gone on vacation and so how well will this strike affect anything? Maybe you may not be aware that the work of the lecturers transcends just lecturing in class. It involves research, consultation, and advisory. And so this can impact greatly.
Considering the rising cost of living and the economic hardships existent already are UTAG and the other unions in the right direction? Indeed times are hard and it will be very expedient if you leave your comments below as we get very interactive on these pressing issues. Do you think other labor unions will follow suit? Just maybe UTAG is undertaking a good cause since it has been long overdue.
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