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Students Union meets Education Minister over UTAG strike

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The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) Friday meet with the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to express students in tertiary institutions displeasure over ‘the not ending soon’ UTAG strike action.

Describing the industrial action as worrying in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh, NUGS said it among other government Agencies engaged the ministry of Labour & Employment, fair wages & salaries commission.

The Union indicated it would before Sunday reach out to the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) representatives to discuss possible ways the Association can end the ongoing strike action in the country.

“We met Education Minister after meeting with Ministry of Labour & Employment, fair wages & salaries commission. We would get to UTAG representatives before Sunday and we hope there would be a positive way forward,” it stated.

The Ghana Students Union recently after the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) announced to embark on the strike on Monday called on the central government to do the needful to meet the teachers’ demands.

President of the Ghana Students Union, Yiadom Boakye on social media said the Teachers over the decade have demonstrated utmost good faith in negotiation with the government on matters relating to conditions of service.

“They demonstrated the same 6 months ago when they called off the initial strike for academic activities to continue. It’s high time the central government met their demands,” the Students Union President said on Sunday.

Boakye comment comes after the Teachers Association announced to embark on a nationwide industrial action on Monday, January 10, 2022, over the Government of Ghana (GoG) failure to address their conditions of service.

He said his outfit last year petitioned UTAG) and Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) to call off their strike action but this time the government should immediately address their concerns of the lecturers.

Speaking in an interview with GHOne TV in 2021, the President of the Union, Emmanuel Boakye Yiadom begged the university lecturers as a matter of urgency to return to the classroom to continue academic works.

“We will continue appealing to our lecturers as a matter of urgency, they should return to the classroom and also the central government should listen to the demands and pleads of UTAG and SSA-UoG,” Mr Boakye stated.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the University of Teachers Association (UTAG) has warned the central government all various Public universities across the country could be shut down after 21 days of non-academic activities.

The strike which started on January 10 UTAG say is in response to “the worsening conditions of service of the university teachers and the failure of the employer in addressing the plight of UTAG members within the agreed timelines”.


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