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Prof Gyampo Hints Of UTAG's Indefinite Strike; Gives Cogent Reasons For Intended Action

It appears the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has reached a deadlock persuading their members to admit the terms they've reached with the government in respect of their conditions of service. Prof Ransford Gyampo who is the National Secretary for UTAG in his latest post about the development, warns of indefinite strike action against the government over this matter.

A section of his text said; "we will vacate and re-open no more." It suggests the planned indefinite industrial strike members of UTAG will embark on soon. Though no definite date was issued, this message is crystal clear to urge the government to reconsider the proposal in respect of the conditions of service for university lecturers.


Prof Gyampo explained that the entire negotiations UTAG had with the government did not yield any results members desired. To that effect, he emphasized that the decision of the leadership of UTAG who represented them on the negotiation table has been rejected for lack of prior consultation with members.


He remarked that the hasty conclusion of the Memorandum of Agreement leadership signed into has been condemned. Prof Gyampo indicated that members of UTAG are largely disappointed with leadership.


"Hoping those who disappointed us will intervene fast. But typically, they won't," he emphasized.


This simply meant, as already expressed by the various chapters of UTAG, that members may choose to disregard what the national leadership have committed in the Memorandum of Agreement with the government.


It's even sad reckoning the expression the National President of UTAG, Prof Solomon Nunoo made when he announced that they had called off the intended 8 October 2021 strike. He acknowledged that though members of the association disliked the terms of the agreement, especially the agreed amount payable to university teachers as their Basic plus Market Premium, they are not embarking on the intended strike.


Given the proposed 2012 amount payable ($2,084.42), the $ 997.84 which has been agreed recently is described as disappointing and a total disregard of an intellectual body, whose toil contributes to the formation of skilled and educated human capital.


Some of the teachers had likened their conditions of service to that of politicians and feels insulted by the amount they received.

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