The University Teachers Association of Ghana, (UTAG), has backed down on its decision to resume its suspended strike action subsequent to an agreement reached with the government.
This was disclosed by the President of UTAG, Prof. Stephen Nunoo. According to him, this decision was arrived at “after more than five hours of negotiations”
“Some of our members are not too happy with our agreement reached with the government which doesn’t satisfy all the things and aspirations we were hoping for, but all the same, we have reached something and for that matter, the intended strike wouldn’t come on,” Prof. Nunoo said.
UTAG had asked its members to resume their suspended strike because negotiations with the government were still inconclusive a month after it suspended the earlier strike.
UTAG wants a restoration of the conditions of service agreed upon with the government in 2012.
The union wants the 2012 conditions of service to peg the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.
It says the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.
Members of TUTAG had been on strike since the beginning of August 2021 due to government’s failure to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012 which they said was far better than the current situation.
The strike which severely affected academic and some non-academic work at the various tertiary campuses would have been rekindled on Friday 8th October 2021, if a consensus hadn’t been reached.