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UTAG threatens to withdraw teaching effective August 2

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is threatening that its members will embark on an indefinite strike beginning August 2, 2021, if issues concerning their conditions of service are not addressed by the end of July 2021.

over ‘unfulfilled’ conditions of service negotiations.

According to UTAG, the decision is a result of the government’s failure to properly resolve their concerns regarding their conditions of service over a period of time.

In a letter sighted by origionalfmonline.com, the Association’s National President, Prof Charles Marfo noted that, government had pledged to reach an agreement with members of UTAG by July 31, 2021.

But, the said agreement has overly been delayed “with no end in sight.”

According to him, members of UTAG, effective Monday, August 2, 2021, will lay down their tools indefinitely should the negotiation of their conditions of service be left unattended.

“By this letter, therefore, UTAG resolves to follow through with its decision to withdraw teaching, one of its main duties, from August 2, 2021, if no agreement is reached by 31st July 2021.”

The letter was copied to the Chief Executive of Fair Wages and Salary Commission, Education Minister, Finance Minister, Employment and Labour Relation Minister and the Chief of Staff.

Slow salary negotiations
Last month, UTAG, lamented what it calls the slow nature of ongoing negotiations on the salaries and conditions of service of its members.

The Association maintains that there is growing tension among its members on the various campuses due to the posture of the government towards finalizing negotiations on their conditions of service, which have been on the table since 2018.

By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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