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UTAG agrees to suspend strike as they return to negotiation table with government

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has agreed to suspend its strike as they return to a negotiation table following an emergency meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) and Employment and Labour Relations Ministry.

This is sighted in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between government and the Teachers Association.

The MOA also indicated that UTAG and government have agreed to begin negotiations on the matter from Monday, August 23, 2021.

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It has also agreed to discontinue all legal processes against the striking lecturers.

Meanwhile, the government has assured UTAG that it will treat concerns raised in the MOA with utmost urgency.

“The government acknowledges the need to improve the working conditions of university teachers and shall treat this with utmost urgency.”

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Following the deliberations, the parties have agreed as follows:

  1. That both parties (Government and UTAG) agree that there is a need to get back to the negotiating table from the week beginning Monday, August 23, 2021.
  2. That a road for negotiation, as agreed at previous consultative meetings between the parties, which imposes a one-month mandatory period beginning 23rd August 2021 for negotiations, shall be signed by both parties;
  3. That whilst the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations in conjunction with the NLC is taking steps to discontinue all legal processes against UTAG, UTAG will also take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action;
  4. That government acknowledges the need to improve the working conditions of University Teachers and shall treat this will all the seriousness it deserves.

 

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