Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum - Minister of Education
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum - Minister of Education

Education Minister meets vice-chancellors over UTAG strike

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, last Friday met Vice-Chancellors of public universities in the country to discuss the ongoing University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike.

The meeting, which was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Wireko Brobbey, was to share ideas and see the way forward to end the strike.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr Adutwum assured the nation that the government was doing everything possible to end the industrial action.

The Education Minister said “the government has not gone to sleep over the strike issue, but doing everything possible to meet with the leadership of UTAG and other stakeholders to address the impasse”.

He was upbeat that with the effort being made by the government and other stakeholders, the strike would soon come to an end.

Why strike

UTAG embarked on the strike on January 10 this year, calling on the government to restore members to the 2013 Interim Market Premium (IMP) of 114 per cent of basic salary.

They also want the government to go ahead to formulate guidelines to implement the appropriate recommendations to address the general conditions of service of the university teacher.

UTAG believes that the IMP, which was instituted after the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy, was frozen, per a government White Paper in 2013, for the purpose of the conduct of a labour market survey (LMS) to determine the MP payable to workers deserving of it.

UTAG contends that to date, the determination has not been made, which has resulted in the erosion of the university teacher’s salary.

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