Gov’t meets with Uni. Vice Chancellors to resolve UTAG issues

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The government is reportedly meeting with Vice Chancellors Ghana to work out a solution to the University Teachers Association of Ghana’s demands (UTAG).

UTAG has been on strike since 10 January in protest of poor working conditions.

According to the association, the government has failed to adhere to the resolution timelines agreed upon, prompting their industrial action.

Bright Wireku Brobbey, the deputy minister of employment and labor relations, however, told Beatrice Adu on the Big Bulletin on (18 January) that it was necessary to engage Vice Chancellors Ghana to explain the government’s position.

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“In the interest of maintaining peace on campuses and resuming normalcy on campuses, Vice-Chancellors Ghana will wish that this strike ends and teachers return to the classrooms,” he said. Thus, the purpose of this meeting is to find a peaceful resolution to the impasse.”

“…They’ve stated that they’re meeting with UTAG leadership tomorrow, so they’re meeting with the government side ahead of that meeting so we can have deliberations and bail them out for tomorrow’s meeting with UTAG leadership,” he explained.

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Earlier this month, the National Labour Commission (NLC) declared UTAG’s strike illegal and directed both parties to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement.

However, according to a statement from UTAG’s UG chapter, the association remains resolute in its determination to continue industrial action until their grievances are resolved.

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