The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced that UTAG’s strike scheduled for Friday, October 8, 2021 will not come off.
According to the ministry, it has reached an agreement with leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana hence, the cancellation of the strike action.
Head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Education, Kwesi Kwarteng in a Facebook post stated that
“Government of Ghana/MoE has reached an agreement with UTAG. Consequently the intended strike action will not come off”.
Mr. Kwarteng had earlier expressed hope that the two parties – UTAG and MoE – would reach a resolution by the end of a scheduled meeting at 3pm Wednesday noon.
” MoE will be meeting UTAG at 3pm for further negotiations… There will be a resolution… “, he said.
UTAG had earlier asked its membership to resume the suspension of teaching and related activities until further notice.
A statement issued by UTAG on October 5, read as follows: “it is sad to report that the one-month moratorium has elapsed and the negotiation has almost reached a stalemate unfortunately, within the one-month moratorium, the Employer never shifted its position even though UTAG made a number of concessions”.
They stressed that “for this reason, the National Executive Committee of UTAG at its meeting held on October 1, 2021, resolved that if the Employer’s position remains unchanged by Friday, 8th of October 2021, members should resume the suspension of teaching and related activities until further notice.”
Prior to this, leadership and members of UTAG laid down their working tools at the beginning of August 2021 in a bid to compel government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012 which they believe was far better than the current situation.