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The UTAG strike may not be over yet, NEC’s decision to suspend UTAG strike rejected by 9 universities

Nine public universities in the country have voted to reject the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana to temporary suspend UTAG strike action until March 4, 2022.

The temporary discontinuation of the university teachers’ industrial action is to pave way for the leadership of the UTAG to negotiate with the central government over the worsening condition of service of their members.

But, universities including the University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University for Development Studies (UDS) have voted against the move to call off the strike action.

The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), the SD-Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS), C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) and

University of Environment Sustainable Development (UESD), University of Education Winneba (UEW), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) are all not in support of the UTAG Executive Committee decision.

However, the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) had voted to accept the decision of the National Executive Committee to suspend the industrial action for academic activities to commence on various campuses.

The UG UTAG secretary, Prof. Ransford Gyampo following the outcome of the referendum in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said that lecturers were unwilling to return to the lectures halls.

“UTAG-NEC decision to suspend the strike has been rejected by the majority of members of public universities, and it will not be prudent to start teaching for few days, only to resume the strike again,” the Secretary said in the letter.

In line with Prof Gyampo, the National President of UTAG, Prof. Solomon Nunoo, has said UTAG per its bye-laws could resume the strike action if the majority, which is eight schools voted against the decision to suspend the strike action.

“It is a simple majority so we’d have to decide on the date for the next strike action.  In that case, the NEC needs to have an extraordinary meeting to decide on the next date for the strike action to be continued,” he told JoyNews.

 

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