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Just In: UTAG To Return To Their Classroom From The Strike

The management of the University Teachers of Ghana (UTAG), has approved in doctrine to cancel their strike after a significant meeting with the Education Committee of Parliament.

This was revealed by the Ranking Member of the Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, who said UTAG will announce its decision after consultation with members.

The meeting with the Education Committee featured UTAG, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations as well as officials of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.

“After listening to the cases, we realized that there will be a need for more dialogue. We finally appealed as a committee to UTAG to call off the strike which they agreed on in Principle. We expect they call off the strike today and then continue with the negotiations,” Peter Nortsu-Kotoe said.

The Labour Division of the Accra High Court on Tuesday consented to an interlocutory referendum against the industrial effort by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) after a plea by the National Labour Commission (NLC).

The NLC dragged UTAG to court after trying to have UTAG call off its strike declined.

The court in two circumstances decreed both groups to accept an out-of-court concession, but the meetings ended inconclusively.

With the delayed order, it was foreseen that UTAG will instantly return to the classroom, but it has not.

The meeting with the Education Committee of Parliament seems to be the final try to settle the standoff between the groups according to Noritsuu-Kotoe, which has been amicably settled.

It is uncertain the climates under which UTAG will be calling off the strike or the constitution of settlements that were given rise to at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the substantive action is still in court, and it is anticipated to be heard on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. UTAG speculates that they have a good trial.

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