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UTAG STRIKE BITES HARD AS STUDENTS SEE NO END IN SIGHT

It appears there is no end in sight to the industrial action embarked upon by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)as their strike enters week three today.

The union are demanding better conditions of service.

An order by the National Labour Commission for the teachers to immediately resume work was treated with contempt as the teachers insist on their demands.
The helpless Labour Commission has since been left looking up to Vice Chancellors and Administrators of the various public universities to get their teachers back into the lecture halls.
But, that did not also seem fruitful as a meeting between UTAG and Vice Chancellors Ghana last Thursday ended without a resolution.

Meanwhile, the fate of the academic calendar remains in the balance as students are left stranded on various campuses.

It remains unclear whether government will see reason with the striking teachers and return them to the lecture halls this week.

UTAG members on all campuses are on strike to force the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.

The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.

On the other hand, CETAG  laid down its tools over claims that the government had failed to implement the 2017-2020 conditions of service, as agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between CETAG and the government. A memorandum of understanding reached by CETAG and government have seen them return to the classroom.
They wanted the government to pay their interim premiums and book and research allowances.

The industrial strike by UTAG has left many students stranded on their various campuses as they see no end in sight.

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