Government must sit with UTAG to end strike – NUGS
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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is pleading with the government to satisfy the demands of university instructors in order to avoid a planned strike by the group and the resulting negative impact on students’ education. Government must sit with UTAG to end strike – NUGS.
The Union is aware that UTAG has exhibited good faith in negotiating with the government on concerns relevant to its conditions of service, according to NUGS National President Boakye Yiadom, and it is now up to the government to reciprocate that gesture.
Mr. Boakye Yiadom stated that the government must act quickly to address UTAG’s concerns in order to avoid a planned strike.
“We still feel that the government should show some level of seriousness in settling the issue with UTAG. We called on them [UTAG] to return to the classroom and return to the negotiation table which they listened to, but we realized that most of their concerns they raised about 6 months ago have still not been addressed. We have nothing to say to UTAG but we call on government to as a matter of urgency take this issue of their salaries and allowances very seriously and act on it as soon as possible,” he said.
From today, Monday, January 10, 2021, the University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG, will go on indefinite strike.
In a statement, the union expressed its dissatisfaction with what it calls a “loss of trust” in their dealings with the Fair Wages and Pay Commission (FWSC) over their salaries and allowances.
As a result of their employer’s refusal to adhere to agreed-upon timetables, UTAG’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to withdraw teaching and associated services.
The association has been asking the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.
The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.
UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.