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UTAG Strike: We’re Still Talking… – Deputy Minister of Education

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Rev. Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Education Minister, has stated that the government is still in talks with the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on their wage hike demands.

They’ve met with them, he says, and real talks are underway to get a meaningful agreement on what they want from the government in terms of a pay raise.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has announced that its members will lay down their tools beginning Friday, October 8.

The decision was made after the committee had its 20th Congress on Monday, September 26 to debate the government’s wages and welfare packages, according to the Association.

At the meeting, it was discovered that the government would be unable to go beyond the Cedi equivalent of $1200 payable in 2024, a figure that the Association had previously rejected.

UTAG, on the other hand, recommended a monthly research allowance of at least 250 Cedi (with a review of the 2024 implementation) and the introduction of the new Market premium by December 21, 2021.

In the event of failure, the Market Premium would be reverted to its 2013 Interim Market Premium value of 114 percent of the basic pay and applied to all existing basic salaries.

The Association has decided to restart its halted strike following the issuing of a statement by its National Executive Committee on October 4 due to a lack of agreement with the administration.

The strike action’s modalities will be included in the said publication.

However, the Assin South legislature stated on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ program that they are still in discussions with the association’s leadership.

We’ve met with the group’s leadership and are hopeful that we’ll be able to reach an agreement, despite the fact that our negotiations so far have been fruitless.

He begged with the group’s leadership to remain calm and give the administration more time as they continue to talk about the issue.

On Wednesday, August 18, UTAG and the government signed a Memorandum of Agreement to end the strike and continue negotiations, but only if the government withdraws all legal actions against them.

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