UTAG begins nationwide strike today

BY: Judith Lamiokor

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has begun an indefinite nationwide strike from today, Monday, August 2, 2021.

The association has directed its members to withdraw all teaching and related activities on campuses beginning Monday.

A statement issued by the NEC, and jointly signed by Professor Charles Marfo, the UTAG National President, and Dr. Eric K. K. Abavare, the National Secretary said members on the various campuses ought to comply with the directive.

UTAG members on all campuses are charged to withdraw activities like the conduct of examinations, invigilation, marking of examination scripts and the processing of examination results.

The decision to embark on an industrial strike, according to the NEC, was borne out of the government’s refusal to heed to calls by the Association to improve the worsening conditions of service of university teachers.

It said the Association was not happy at the way the authorities had been dragging their feet on negotiations concerning the welfare of the teachers.

In a related development, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has appealed to the UTAG and Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) to call off their industrial action and continue negotiations with government.

According to NUGS the strike will affect students, especially within the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the earlier obstruction of academic work by the global shutdown.

The union added that UTAG and SSA-UoG must as an “act of good faith towards students and the government avoid an entrenched position in all dialogues to address their concerns”.