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NEWS IN: University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) Declares Nationwide Strike Over Poor Condition of Service

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has directed its members to withdraw teaching and related activities
with effect from Monday, 10th January, 2022 until further notice.

According to UTAG, the strike action is in response to “the worsening Conditions of Service (CoS) of the University Teacher
and the failure of the Employer in addressing the plight of UTAG members within the agreed timelines.”

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This follows an emergency meetings held on Tuesday and Friday. 4th and 7th January 2022, respecively. The National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG discussed the worsening Conditions of Service (CoS) of
the University Teacher and the failure of the Employer in addressing the plight of UTAG members within the agreed timelines.

It may be recalled that the Interim Market Premium (IMP) which was instituted following the implementaton of the Single Spine Pay Policy got frozen, per a Govemment White Paper, in 2013, for the purpose of the conduct of a LMS to determine a MP payable to workers deserving of it. To date, this determinaton has not been made, which has resultled in the erosion of the University Teacher’s salary.
There was the hope that by completing and implementing the Labour Market Survey (LMS) Report of 2018, a review of the IMP would have put the University Teacher on a relatively good salary stead.

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Regretably, the recommendations of the 2019 LMS Report without any accompanying techinical report on the implementable MP is meaningless to UTAG as it does not address the pertinent issues of improved CoS.

As a matter of urgency, UTAG is calling on the Employer to restore members to the 2013 IMP of 114% of Basic Salary in the interim whilst Govenment goes ahead to formulate guidelines to implement the
appropriate recommendations to address the CoS of the University Teacher.

Accirding to UTAG, following the uneasiness among UTAG members, any delay by the Employer would further exacerbate the already fragile academic calendar to the detriment of all stakeholders.

Source: Honestynewgh.com

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