UTAG Strike: NUGS Slams UTAG, NLC, Gov’t For Entrenched Positions

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has slammed the government, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), and their intermediary, the National Labour Commission (NLC) for holding onto entrenched positions in their negotiations.

So far, UTAG says it won’t call off the strike if the government fails to succumb to its needs, with the NLC in court to seek an interlocutory injunction to hurl the lecturers back to the classroom after declaring the strike as illegal. For the government, UTAG says it has failed to make offers in the negotiation.

NUGS president, Emmanuel Boakye Yiadom spelt out his disappointment in the stakeholders and described their postures as unfair.

“UTAG and Government must understand that parents make extra expenses to keep their wards in school and it is unfair that these expenses get wasted as students loiter around various campuses without resumption of academic work.

“We the students are highly disappointed by the inability by the government and UTAG to reach a consensus. It also appears that both parties have taken an entrenched stance making dialogue almost impossible”, he said.

The student group, therefore, demanded that the NLC withdraws its suit against the UTAG, while the UTAG calls off its strike, and the government negotiates with the UTAG for a resolution.

“The Labour Commission must, as a matter of urgency, withdraw the court case against UTAG. UTAG on the other hand should also take steps to call off the strike and return to negotiations. Both parties must enter into negotiations without any entrenched position”, the NUGS President stated.

Meanwhile, members of the Parliamentary Committee of Education were scheduled to meet the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, today on the issues relating to the striking lecturers.

Source: Fuseini

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