USAG expresses worry over government’s lackadaisical attitude in addressing UTAG’s problems

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The University Student’s Association of Ghana has expressed concerns over the government’s lackadaisical attitude in addressing issues facing members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Senior Staff Association of Ghana (SSA-UoG).

In a statement signed by Christian Phillip Armah, USAG criticized the government for failing to address issues raised by the lecturers.

The Association says that the government’s response to UTAG’s industrial action does not, in any way, give the impression that it is willing to heed the demands of the lecturers.

The press statement from the government signed by Hon Bright Wireko Brobey is not refreshing enough as it lacks specificity and definite timelines. It is high time the government showed more seriousness in this matter, the better for all stakeholders. UTAG has had cause to complain on numerous occasions about the unwillingness on the part of the government to negotiate as demonstrated in the sending of representatives of Ministers who lack the authority to commit to any meaningful conclusions anytime these engagements come up. This is unacceptable and cannot and should not be allowed to continue.

USAG has urged the government to begin negotiations with the aggrieved lecturers and other unions to ensure that academic work is not impeded.

“We entreat government, within the next few days (2 days i.e. Tuesday and Wednesday), to engage the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) with the aim of addressing the issues in a manner both parties will be satisfied with,” part of the statment reads.

With students being the worst to be affected by the deadlock, the student association has appealed to UTAG to return to the classroom

Background

Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana have embarked on an indefinite strike today, August 2, 2021, as they demand better services conditions.

They argue that the migration of its members onto the Controller and Accountant General Department’s payroll system will result in the loss of basic salaries and allowances.

The association has been asking the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon with the government in 2012.

UTAG wants the basic plus market premium of a lecturer pegged at $2,084.42 in consonance with the 2012 conditions of service.

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