The Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) is commencing an industrial action today Monday, June 14, 2021 to press home their demands for better conditions of service.
Members of TUTAG are embarking on a strike in protest of their expired conditions of service.
Their resolve to protest is in defiance of an order from the National Labour Commission that they suspend their action and appear before it on Wednesday, June 16.
But President of TUTAG, Michael Brigandi, says that they will honour the invitation from the NLC but will not hold on with the protest until there is positive feedback after the scheduled meeting.
In a statement issued ahead of the commencement of their action, the group said that talks with relevant authorities including the government and the National Labour Commission has yielded no positive result.
The group has enumerated six (6) concerns they want to be addressed.
Among them are “Tier 2 pension payment for TUTAG members going on retirement,” the non-payment of the 2018/2019 Research allowance to deserving members, challenges with accreditation for academic programs, and the non-renewal of their conditions of service that expired in 2006.
Members of TUTAG have been advised against engaging in both full-time and part-time teaching, invigilation, mark examination papers, and/or submit results and attend meetings of any of the Technical Universities.
“TUTAG continued to demonstrate good faith with the government over the years on these issues, but has now, and unfortunately so, come to realize that government, together with its agencies, is simply unwilling to fulfill its part of the bargain. For this reason, TUTAG is left with no option, than to declare an indefinite partial strike with effect from Monday 14th June 2021”, the statement read in parts.