Public universities across the country are at risk of a mass shutdown as the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike enters its third consecutive week.
The strike is nearing its 21-day ultimatum for the continuous suspension of academic activities.
By statutes, public universities must be closed down after 21 days of non-academic work.
UTAG resolved to continue its strike unabated, despite the National Labour Commission (NLC)’s declaration of the industrial action as illegal.
That resolution was reached after the 15-member campuses of the Association held independent emergency meetings during which each of them expressed their disagreement with the directive.
In a statement dated January 19, 2022, the group said, “the members have unanimously resolved to continue with the withdrawal of teaching and related services until further notice. By this cover note, all members are entreated to remain calm.”
Academic work has stalled for barely a month since students reported to their respective campuses across the country.
This is due to the nationwide industrial action by UTAG, which is already biting hard and having a toll on academic calendars and students alike.
Among other things, UTAG wants government to reconsider the payment of its annual research allowance to a more realistic allowance “as this is critical to our research output, promotion and ultimately national development.”
They also want the 2013 Interim Market Premium (IMP) of 114% of Basic Salary restored.
According to UTAG, until their demands for improved conditions of service are met, they cannot call off the strike.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is working behind the scenes to get UTAG members back to work.