Contrary to some media reports that the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has called off their strike action, the leadership has denied it.
The Ranking Member of the Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe on Thursday said UTAG agreed in principle to call off its 5-week-long strike.
“After listening to the cases, we realized that there will be the need for more dialogue. We finally appealed as a committee to UTAG to call off the strike which they agreed in principle. We expect they call off the strike today, Thursday, and then continue with the negotiations,” Peter Nortsu-Kotoe said.
But the President of UTAG, Prof. Solomon Nunoo, denied the claims.
He said UTAG only told the Committee that they need to discuss the resolutions of the meeting with their members.
He added that the decision to call off the strike would be taken by the National Executive Committee.
“A decision on whether to call off the strike is not for us, as leaders to take. It will require the larger NEC to decide. We as national officers cannot do that. We need to go back and consult and that is the only way.”
“After both parties had presented their issues and they saw what was at stake, they realized that it was high time that the conditions of the university teachers are attended to, and we need to do that and it should be done as quickly as possible. After that, there was a round of pleading from all parties after which the Chairman of the Committee pleaded that if we could suspend the strike, that will pave way for negotiations to take place,” he said.