The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) after it agreed to return to the negotiation table with the central government over better conditions of service is taking adequate steps to suspend the ongoing industrial action.
The likely suspension comes after the UTAG on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, signed a memorandum of agreement between the government team represented by the Ministries of Employment and Labour Relations and Education.
An excerpt of the memorandum sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh states “UTAG and the government met on August 18, 2021, to deliberate on issues relating to Conditions of Service as well as matters pending before the Labour Court.”
At the Wednesday meeting, the government representatives and leaders of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) agreed to return to the negotiation table from the week beginning Monday August 23, 2021.
It was also agreed that Labour Relations in conjunction with the National Labour Commission (NLC) will end all legal processes against UTAG amid the ongoing strike for the University Teachers to suspend the industrial action.
The team representing the central government acknowledge the concerns of the teachers working conditions will be improved. The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has commended both parties for the consensus-building.
“Thank You Ghana Government and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) for the consensus-building. Ghanaian Students are very grateful,” the Union said in a social media post sighted by EducationWeb on Wednesday.