The University Teachers Association of Ghana is now on strike, and the Labour Division of the Accra High Court has issued an injunction (UTAG). ‘UTAG Strike Update’
The order requires UTAG to call a halt to the strike and return to the negotiating table.
Accra High Court places injunction on UTAG strike
The Court’s decision comes after the National Labour Commission requested an interlocutory injunction to stop UTAG’s strike while discussions continue.
As a result, UTAG is anticipated to call a stop to the strike until the Court rules on the NLC’s substantive motion.
The Court presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson, stated that if the strike persists, continuing discussions between the parties may not generate any results. In two instances, the Court had urged both parties to try to reach an out-of-court settlement.
As a result, Justice Aboadwe Rockson issued the injunction.
Kwasi Keli-Delataa, UTAG’s lawyer, opposed the motion and urged the Court to rule on the substantive matter at hand.
The judge, however, overturned it.
The NLC filed a lawsuit against UTAG, requesting that the strike be declared illegal by the court.
The case has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on February 22, 2022.
Students have been left stranded on several campuses of public colleges since their lecturers’ strike looks to have no end in sight.
However, on both occasions, UTAG stated that they had yet to receive a specific offer from the government, resulting in all meetings ending in a stalemate.
UTAG Strike Update : Their demand
UTAG wants the government to reinstate the 2012 service conditions, which set the monthly salary for entry-level academics at $2,084.
The Association claims that the new agreement has decreased the basic rates for its members to $997.84
UTAG Strike Called off?
On Tuesday afternoon February 15, 2022, the court, presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson as stated earlier, suspended the strike which was in its 5th week.
The ruling came after the National Labour Commission filed an interlocutory injunction request (NLC).
According to the court’s directives, UTAG must put its strike on hold pending the outcome of an application filed by the NLC to enforce the court’s orders for UTAG to halt its strike and return to the negotiating table with the government.
“We don’t have a current course of action except our lawyers assess the court’s orders and recommend a particular decision to us” – UTAG President
UTAG STRIKE UPDATE, Take Note: UTAG has not called the strike off but is the Court that has made an Order to them