The University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has appealed to the University Teacher’s Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Universities Senior Staff Association to “unconditionally” suspend their indefinite nationwide strike.
UTAG and the Universities Senior Staff commenced an indefinite strike on August 2, 2021, to press home their demand for better conditions of services.
For UTAG, it wants the government to implement the conditions of service as agreed upon in 2012 whiles Universities Senior Staff is asking the government to also address the “worsening” conditions of service of its members.
But addressing a press conference, the President of USAG, Christian Philip Armah appealed to the two striking unions to reconsider their actions and return to posts.
It fears that students’ academic work will suffer should the strike persist.
“The University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) would want to appeal to the leadership of the unions (UTAG and SSA-UoG) to consider the plight of students and unconditionally withdrew, suspend and call off the industrial action while negotiating with the government, labor union, and other stakeholders on their demands. Currently, most of our students are preparing for their mid-semester assessments, and end-of-semester examinations and we believe this strike will have a negative toll on them psychologically and academically. It is on the backdrop of this that we plead with UTAG especially to halt their strike on teaching and its related activities and join students in the class to continue academic work,” he appealed.
Further speaking USAG President, Christian Philip Armah, urged the government to show more “seriousness” and “to demonstrate good faith in its dealings with the unions in the negotiation process” with both UTAG and the Universities Senior Staff.
He noted that “UTAG blamed the stalled negotiation process on bad faith consistently demonstrated by the government”
Christian Philip Armah also admonished students not to suspended their learning activities following the strike action.
He charged students to remain calm and focused on their studies whiles concerns of the two striking Union is addressed.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to admonish all students of the various universities to stay calm and focused on their studies whilst the issues are being resolved,” he urged.