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Lecturers would return to classrooms despite votes to reject suspension of strike – Professor Nunoo.

The National President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Professor Solomon Nunoo, says academic activities will still commence despite the rejection of the suspension of the ongoing strike by some UTAG chapters.

According to the National President, the ongoing yes or no votes at the various campuses would not change the suspension of the strike action.

Professor Solomon Nunoo however stated that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG would schedule another date for the strike action again if most of its members vote for the rejection of the suspension of the strike action.

Speaking on newsfile on Saturday 26th February, Prof. Nunoo stated that there was the need to suspend the ongoing strike action as it would pave way for proper negotiation with the employer.

“Per our UTAG constitution mainly, once a strike action is suspended, we have to go back to classrooms and go back to teaching. So whether a campus votes against the suspension or for the suspension, all of us would go back to the classrooms and go back to teaching.

“At the end of the referendum, we would collate the results and at the end of the collation, if the majority of the members say they want us to continue with the strike action, then an extraordinary meeting of the National Executives Committee would have to be constituted to determine the date for the next strike action, so that is the case,” he noted.

Professor Nunoo later said there will be no more need for the strike if negotiations between the association and the employer yields positive results.

“For us, the most important thing in all of this is that if the conditions of service of the university teacher are improved, then there wouldn’t be any need for us to be on strike.”

“If whatever is offered to the university teacher is exactly what we’re looking for or within the limits of what we’re looking for, then there wouldn’t be the need to be on strike,” he emphasised.

Members of UTAG will be having a meeting with the government from "Wednesday, March 2, 2022", Professor Nunoo disclosed.

Meanwhile about six public universities have voted against the suspension of the strike.

These in include the University of Education, Winneba (UEW); the University of Ghana, Legon; the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR); the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Students are therefore urged to stay calm and would be updated soon.

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