UTAG Strike: Don’t fall on politicians for solution – Bono CPP Chair advises Govt

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The Bono Regional Chairman of the Convection People’s Party (CPP), Mr. Ali Dayinday has admonished government to engage professionals as mediators to bring an end to the industrial action by the University Teachers Association UTAG.

According to the Region Chair, the legal battle between the University Teachers Association
of Ghana (UTAG) and National Labour Commission (NLC) still persists since government is being represented by politicians.

“Government is not smart. Politics is driven our education. And that is the consequences we are seeing now …I pity politicians and governments in general”, he stated on ARK FM’s Sunday evening political talkshow, Issues, hosted by Kwasi Kyei Baffour

“When politicians get power, they easily forget technocratics who have been spearheading education from Kwame Nkrumah’s time. If you look at our educational sector now everything is politicized. “, Mr. Ali Dayinday who is also a tutor at Berekum College of Education observed.

The Regional Chairman, however, professed solution to end possible strike in the education sector and possibly other sectors in the country.

“If you want to roll out any good policy there should be enough consultations with the stakeholders” he pointed out.

Update on UTAG strike

The Accra High Court Labour Court 1, has ordered the University Teachers Association to call off its ongoing strike which has entered its 5th week.

The court’s ruling follows a suit filed by the National Labour Commission asking for the enforcement of an earlier order it issued calling on UTAG to call off its strike.

UTAG declared a strike on January 10, 2022, halting academic activities across the various public universities in the country.

The strike according to UTAG was necessitated by the failure of government to meet their demands for better conditions of service.

According to the association, the government has failed to review their condition of service since 2017. The association amongst its demands has asked the government to restore conditions of service agreed upon in 2012.

UTAG notes that while the 2012 conditions of service pegged the basic market premium of its members at $2,08.42, the current arrangement has seen the basic market premium reduced to $997.84

The National Labour Commission following the strike action issued an order demanding the association to call off the strike.

The order however fell on deaf ears forcing the NLC to run to court to demand enforcement of its defied order.

Meanwhile, UTAG despite the courts ruling said it will be referring the decision to its lawyers to determine its line of action.

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