The president of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Prof. Solomon Nunoo has stated that, UTAG members have never said anywhere that they will not return to the classroom.
In an interview with the host of Peace FM’s Kokrooko Morning show, Chairman Kwame Sefa Kayi on Monday 21st February, 2022, chairman pleaded with the members of UTAG to kindly return to the classroom since they have not much to do than to go on their knees to beg them UTAG to call of their strike and return to the classroom for the sake of the future of the students.
In response to chairman’s plea, Prof Solomon Nunoo who is the National President of UTAG indicated that, “UTAG has never said that they will not return to the classroom” he said. He explained that, the ruling by Labor Division of the Accra High court to compel UTAG to call off its strike is not all that clear to them. He said that, they are looking forward to going back to the court tomorrow Tuesday 22nd February,2022 for more clarity on the ruling and also to know the substantive ruling by the court as to whether the strike is illegal or not.
In the interview, he disclosed that the calls from some portions of Ghanaians calling on the President of the state His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in the matter as a matter of urgency is very laudable since the NLC is rather creating more problems than it should be resolving the matter.
He said that “all that the government and NLC is saying is to call off the strike and come to the table for negotiation” but members of the union are feeling very reluctant to do so because of past experience, “if we call off the strike and go to the negotiation table and they tell us there is nothing they can offer us on the basis of our demands, what will we do? And when are you going to call another strike action?” he questioned. He was making these remarks in response to the Labor Division of the Accra High Court order on Tuesday 15th February, 2022, which stated that UTAG must suspend its strike activity and return to the negotiation table with the NLC. He finally urged all stakeholders involved in resolving this matter to as a matter of urgency, put their feet on the ground and find a lasting solution to these problems so that the strike menace will be a thing of the past. “It’s clear to us that the Single Spine Salary Structure has not lived up to its expectation, something must be done and we must be bold to say that there is a problem with the scheme and that we have to do something about it” he added. UTAG is still holding on to its strike action and hoping to go to court on Tuesday 22nd February,2022 which is the day the court adjourned the case to, to seek further clarity on the matter before them.