Members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) will resume work on Friday, June 18, 2021.
The Association’s resolution to suspend their less than a week-old strike comes after a meeting with the National Labour Commission on Wednesday, June 16.
Among the issues the Association raised before embarking on the strike are the payment of the Tier 2 pensions for 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.
TUTAG members were directed not to teach, invigilate, mark examination papers and/or submit results and attend meetings of any of the Technical Universities.
Speaking to UniversNews, National President of the Association, Dr. Michael Brigandi mentioned that the NLC has given them assurance of heeding their demands.
He said that the NLC has given the government 90days to address their concerns.
“Yesterday, we had a meeting at the National Labour Commission on their invitation. After the meeting, two things were clear. One, the strike was a legal one from the National Labor Commission and then they did not do well and did not treat as well for allowing the situation to get to a strike. So, in their ruling they gave timelines regarding what should be done and in shorts they gave them 90 days to address all the outstanding issues that were mentioned to the media,” he said.
Dr. Michael Brigandi also stated that the National Labor Commission has appealed to them to call off the strike.
“They appealed to us to call off the strike, but with TUTAG, leaders cannot call off the strike without consulting the constituents who are the members in the various technical universities. We had another meeting and then we decided that we will use today to brief our members on what happened and tomorrow afternoon hold a Congress. We will go ahead and suspend the strike the same day after Congress. We are not calling it off, we are simply suspending it. It starts around 2 p.m. at Tamale Technical University,” he disclosed.