The National Labour Commission (NLC) has directed striking teachers belonging to the three teacher unions in the country to call off their industrial action and return to work. It said in the exercise of the authority conferred in it by Section 139 (1)(b) of the Labour Act 2003, Act 651, it found the associations’ action in violation of the law and, therefore, the ongoing strike by the unions was illegal.
Parliament has initiated moves to help break the stalemate between striking university teachers and the government to avert the shutdown of the public universities. The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), which has been on strike since January 10, 2022 and the National Labour Commission are unable to find a common ground and that is why parliament’s intervention could be vital.
The striking civil servants have now agreed to return to work following a deal struck with the government on the payment of ‘neutrality allowance’ to them. Ofosu Asamoah, Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), who announced this, could however, give the timelines – when payment of this allowance that has been denounced by some sane voices, is going to start.
Universities may be closed as a result of the UTAG strike, according to a government representative.
Following the prolonged UTAG strike action, an immediate past spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Hon Vincent Ekow Assafuah, has stated that the industrial action may compel public universities across the country to close down shortly. The Member of Parliament's Education Select Committee said current strike action, which the National Labour Commission (NLC) has labeled as illegal, is badly hurting the educational sector in a statement copied to EducationWeb.
The leaders of four major labor unions in Ghana's public universities, including the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), have declared an indefinite strike to begin on Monday, October 17. This is due to the government's rejection of a "suggestion" regarding their demands made at a meeting hosted by the National Labour Commission (NLC) last Friday, October 14.
Following the withdrawal of services by both teaching and non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education service, the National Labour Commission has directed that engagement and negotiations with striking teachers commence with immediate effect. According to the press release from the National Labour Commission, a joint press release from the four teacher unions yesterday noted that government has failed to listen to their demand and therefore they have resorted to an indefinite strike action to register their concerns.
It is good news to hear that the National Labour Commission (NLC) has succeeded in securing an injunction on the strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG). The Labour Division of the Accra High Court yesterday granted the Order for UTAG to halt the strike which is currently in its fifth week.
Professor Solomon Nunoo, the National President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has expressed strong displeasure of sly remarks that tend to suggest that the industrial action by the teachers is motivated and inspired by politics - to cause disaffection for the government. He says it is unfortunate for anybody to say or remotely associate their strike to push for better conditions of service for the university teachers with politics.
A private legal practitioner has made a plea to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in the strike by public university teachers to end the suffering of students. Kwame Jantuah making the appeal said the industrial action by the university teachers to push for improved conditions of service has dragged on for far too long and that the President’s involvement has become necessary to resolve things and get the striking teachers back to the lecture theatres.
The National Labour Commission following the industrial action embarked on by Pre- tertiary teachers has issued a new statement to address the issue. They have asked all the teacher unions to discontinue the strike and go back to work for engagement and negotiations to begin. A statement released on Monday, 4th July 2022, signed by Ofosu Asamoah the Executive Secretary of the Commission reads;
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Education (MoE), Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng following the ruling from Accra High Court has assured the general public that, UTAG will call off their 5 weeks old strike and begin negotiations with government. In a post shared on his official Facebook page, on Tuesday, February 15th 2022, he wrote;
As the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strikes enters its sixth week, the Minority in Parliament has called for the closure of all public universities in Ghana. Dr Clement Apaak, Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee, told JoyNews that students' continued presence on numerous campuses exposes them to several problems.
After sidelining the National Labour Commission (NLC), the University Teachers Association of Ghana UTAG met with the government through the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum. After the meeting, the Minister indicated in an interview saying "we had a fruitful discussion with the leadership of UTAG and we will continue with the deliberations for resolution of the issue".
The High Court's Labour Division has ordered the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to resolve the striking impasse outside of court for the second time. The five-week UTAG strike has brought both parties to a standstiThe court had already ordered UTAG and NLC to settle the case outside of court on February 3.
Students in various Universities in the country have been having challenges with their studies as a result of UTAG being on strike. This has really affected a lot of students with some going as a result of academic work being put on hold. Lecturers in various Universities have been on strike for more than 21 days since tertiary schools resumed which has greatly affected students in various Universities in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), Mr Ofosu Asamoah has stated that though it is the right of the teacher Unions to go on strike the approach is "unlawful". Mr. Asamoah who pleaded with the striking teachers to call off the strike and go back to the classroom while they engage government on their demands established that he appreciates the reason for their demand but the Unions did not inform the National Labour Commission and their employers before embarking on the strike.
The High Court in Accra (Labour Division) presided over by His Lordship Justice Frank Rockson Aboadwe on 3rd February, 2022, had asked the leadership of the National Labour Commission (NLC) and University Teachers Association (UTAG) to settle the matter out of court after meeting with them.
The Ministry of Education has stated that the government is keen to actively engage with members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in order to address their issues.After a meeting on Monday, the UTAG National Executive Committee chose to call off its seven-week strike in order to continue working with the government on its members' issues.
Mr Ofosu Asamoah, Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), has guaranteed that tangible actions will be made to tackle the concerns that led to the walkout by members of the Ghana Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association. Members of the association began an indefinite strike on Monday, April 11, after authorities failed to act on their demand for better working conditions.
The Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC) has called on the teachers union that embark on strike to resume work and go for negotiation. The National Labour Commission wants the union to discontinue their strike before going for negotiation which they said the law does not permit negotiation whiles the union is on strike.