The National Executive Committee (NEC) of University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in an emergency meeting on the 21st February, 2022, has temporary suspended their ongoing strike action in order to engage government.
According to the NEC, the decision to call off the strike action is in considerations of the impact of their industrial action on students and the appeals from the public, especially parents and respected eminent leaders.
In a statement issued and signed by the National President and Secretary, Prof Solomon Nunoo and Dr Asare Asante-Annan, the NEC indicated that its lead counsel presented critical explanations on the state and impact of the court ruling and therefore members evaluated the entire strike action with the aim of reaping the full benefit of improving the conditions of Service of its members.
The NEC further stressed that it also considered the appeal from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education to suspend the strike action, negotiate and report to them within one one week.
The statement noted that at the end of the meeting which took place at University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), two key resolutions were made.
The first is that UTAG should heed to the advice of the eminent leaders, the Select Committee on Education and the court ruling to suspend its strike action up to 4th March, 2022, to engage with government.
Secondly, that in line with the bylaws of UTAG (i.e., Article 5, Sections 1-4), the general membership must be informed for ratification or otherwise of the decision to suspend our strike action.
Again, the NEC informed members that a roadmap for the negotiation between Government and UTAG has been agreed and the Employer has committed to improving the conditions of service of UTAG members.