Negotiation of UTAG is welcome – Akufo-Addo
Negotiation of UTAG is welcome – Akufo-Addo. The decision of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to call off its strike and resume discussions has been hailed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as “pleasant.”
However, has advised that the talks do not impede university academic activity.
When the newly elected executives of the National Unions of Ghana Students (NUGS) paid him a visit at the Jubilee House in Accra on Thursday, he said, “All of us are happy that the University Teachers Association has agreed to suspend their strike and return to the negotiating table after some long-drawn negotiations.”
“We are extremely hopeful that the parties will ultimately agree on a firm binding agreement, as there is a roadmap in place, and we expect that both parties will stick to the agreement and properly follow it.
“It is in the best interests of all of us that there is no disruption to academic activity and that the teachers have the resources to fulfill this very important obligation,” he added, optimistic that the talks will progress and lead to a solution to the country’s university teacher demands.
Last month, the UTAG went on strike to express its dissatisfaction with the government’s reluctance to conclude negotiations on the members’ terms of service, which began in August 2018.
UTAG insists that a 2012 Single Spine Wage Structure package, which put entry-level lecturers on a salary equal of $2,084, be implemented immediately.
The National Labour Commission ruled the association’s strike action unconstitutional and started legal measures to get it to stop. However, all sides have agreed to have the case arbitrated, and UTAG has decided to end its 16-day strike.
NUGS President Emmanuel Boakye Yiadom praised the government for interfering in the UTAG standoff and convincing the Association to return to the negotiating table.
He urged all parties involved in the talks to be open to the process of finding an acceptable solution to UTAG’s demands so that academic activity at universities would not be disrupted. “As a union, we applaud our Minister and other government agencies for successfully resuming negotiations with UTAG. “At the end of the day, we will continue to pleading with both sides to remove all sorts of entrenched stances so that the negotiating procedures are not protracted or delayed,” NUGS President stated.We still finding more on Negotiation of UTAG is welcome – Akufo-Addo
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