The national labour commission has urged the striking teachers of the University Teachers Association of Ghana to go back to the classroom as their actions are unlawful. This ruling comes after a meeting with the labour unions on Monday, 17th January.
However, the two teacher unions have resolved not to call of their strike as their demands are not met by the government. The joint strike action which was started on 10th January, 2022 involves two teacher unions, UTAG and CETAG (Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana)
The government of Ghana through its representative in the labour ministry, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireku Brobbey revealed that in the sprit of transparency and very mutual respect the government has for the striking teachers, whatever allowance is due them will be paid because their demands were captured in the 2022 budget.
The minister also emphasized that before the month of January ends, the teachers will be paid. It is in the light of this assurance that the National Labour Commission has directed that they go and call off the strike immediately. Unfortunately, UTAG and CETAG have resolved not to call off the strike.
“This is something that is good for Ghana expecting that schools had just reopened , parents had just seen of their wards to the various institution. I am glad that CETAG has also be asked so let us expect that they do the needful and then we have peace. The National Labour Commission is a state institution. Indeed of labour institution are litigating there must be somebody to arbitrate . This is the legally mandated institution, they have heard us and they have issued their directive . It is my expectation that UTAG will also call off their striker.” Bright Wireku Brobbey said.
Put together by CY