The National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG held an emergency meeting today, 21st February 2022 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) to deliberate on the way forward regarding the withdrawal of teaching and related services on the various campuses.
The lead counsel for UTAG presented critical explanations on the state and the impact of the court ruling. Following this, members evaluated the entire strike action to reap the full benefit of improving the Conditions of Service of its members.
The NEC of UTAG also considered the impact of our industrial action on our students and the appeals from the public, especially parents and respected eminent leaders including former President J. A. Kufour and Sir Sam Jonah, Chancellors of University of Mines and Technology, Takwa, and the University of Cape Coast, respectively.
The NEC of UTAG also considered the appeal from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education to suspend our strike action, negotiate and report to them within one (1) week.
At the end of the meeting, NEC of UTAG resolved as follows:
- That UTAG should heed the advice of the eminent leaders, the Select Committee on Education, and the court ruling to suspend our strike action up to 4th March 2022 to engage with the government.
- That in line with the Bylaws of UTAG (e. Article 5, Sections 1-4), the general membership must be informed for ratification or otherwise of the decision to suspend our strike action
In the end, NEC of UTAG wishes to inform members that:
- A roadmap for the negotiation between Government and UTAG has been agreed upon.
- The Employer has committed to improving the conditions of service of UTAG members.
- Negotiations will commence in earnest and be completed within the agreed period and the outcome communicated to members.
UTAG members are kindly informed of the decision of NEC to temporarily suspend our strike action for the stated period and to engage with Government.
Meanwhile, the legal processes on the legality or otherwise of our strike action, pending before the Court, will continue to its logical conclusion.
The NEC of UTAG counts on the support of all members as we work to secure improved Conditions of Service for the University Teacher.