UTAG to call off strike: After a critical meeting with the Education Committee of Parliament, the leadership of the University Teachers of Ghana (UTAG) has agreed in principle to call off their strike.
This was confirmed by Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the Education Committee’s Ranking Member, who stated that UTAG will announce its decision after consulting with members.
UTAG, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, and representatives from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission attended the discussion with the Education Committee.
”After listening to the cases, we realized that there will be the need for more dialogue. We finally appealed as a committee to UTAG to call off the strike which they agreed in Principle. We expect they call off the strike today and then continue with the negotiations,” Peter Nortsu-Kotoe said.
Following an appeal by the National Labour Commission, the Labour Division of the Accra High Court issued an interlocutory injunction against the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)’s action on Tuesday (NLC).
After unsuccessful attempts to persuade UTAG to call off its strike, the NLC took the union to court.
The court ordered the parties to reach an out-of-court settlement on two occasions, but the engagements were unsuccessful.
With the current ruling, it was expected that UTAG would return to the classroom right away, but this has not happened.
The meeting with the Parliamentary Education Committee appears to be the final attempt to break the deadlock between the groups, which has been peacefully resolved, according to Nortsu-Kotoe.
The terms under which UTAG will call off the strike, as well as the substance of the concessions made at the meeting, are unknown.
Meanwhile, the substantive motion is still pending in court, with a hearing scheduled for February 22, 2022. The UTAG feels they have a strong case.