Education

UG-UTAG Strikes On January 3

The University of Ghana Branch of the University Teachers Association (UG-UTAG) has announced it will resume its indefinite strike on January 3, 2022.

The announcement was contained in a release dated December 17 and signed by its president, Dr. Samuel Nkunbaan, and its secretary, Prof. Ransford Gyampo.

The decision follows a meeting between the government’s representatives and the National Executive Council (NEC) of the UTAG in which a Memorandum of Agreement was signed to accept, among others, a Research Allowance of USD 1600 payable in 2024, and a proposal for Government to complete a Labour Market Survey Report to determine the review of the Interim Market Premium by December 2021 for implementation in 2022.

An agreement was subsequently rejected by the UG-UTAG during a meeting with its members on December 17. It also indicated that their resolution was supported by six other branches of UTAG including KNUST, UDS, UEW, SDD-UBIDS, CKT-UTAS, and UENR through a statement.

However, in a communique dated 11th November 2021, NEC confirmed acceptance of the MoA on the basis that the remaining 8 branch members that did not submit written resolutions voted in support of the MoA.

“UG-UTAG finds this outcome very strange and in violation of the UTAG Constitution. First, there is no written evidence in support of the decisions made by the 8 universities, unlike the unequivocal manner in which the 7 universities that voted against the MoA expressed themselves through a resolution. Further, assuming that evidence to that effect is available (and we subject NEC to strict proof of this), relying on article XVIII sec 2 of the UTAG Constitution, NEC cannot use the decision of the 8 universities to conclude that, based on a majority vote, the MoA should be accepted. The article referred to here, provides that “subject to the provisions of this constitution, decisions at all meetings of the Association, particularly of the NEC shall be determined by a simple majority of members present and voting.” “

It explained that “UG-UTAG and the six other campuses that formally submitted written resolutions to reject the MoA, constitute more than 60 percent of the entire local membership of UTAG across the country. Therefore, the decision to reject the MoA should be determined by the number of individual members as defined by the UTAG Constitution, but not by the number of branch members. Consequently, NEC’s decision to overturn the decision of the generality of members was unconstitutional and undermines the concept of representation.”

UG-UTAG says it will take a unilateral decision to stand by its resolution and reject the imposition by NEC.

It further called on all other branch members to support our decision to dissociate ourselves from the UTAG National leadership for entering into a deal that does not completely represent the interest of its membership, except perhaps for themselves only.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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