Executives of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) have expressed their satisfaction with the new agreement reached with the government on migrating TUTAG members with the right conditions of service by the end of this year.
National Chairman Dr. Solomon Keelson, who made this known to journalists following a crunch meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC), the Ministry of Education, and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) in Accra on Monday, said they are were committed to abide resolution.
According to him although they are impressed with the outcome of the meeting hence the NLC ruling, the decision to call off their strike action will be made following engagements with it members across the country.
“I think we are okay with the ruling for now and so we will suspend the strike. We need to engage our people and let them know what ruling we have and how it is going to affect all of us, then we will now suspend the strike. We hope that as soon as possible we call off the strike,” he said.
The NLC, in its ruling signed by the Deputy Chairperson, Mrs. Rose Karikari Anang, asked the technical university lecturers to immediately call off their strike and return to work, and directed the government to pay TUTAG members who qualify electricity, rent, maintenance, off-campus and security allowances at the end of December 2019.
It, however, maintained that entertainment and fuel allowances should only be paid to deserving university in December 2019.”
TUTAG’s three weeks industrial action followed the Controller and Accountant General Department’s failure to pay emoluments due them with effect from 1st August 2019 despite a directive from the Ministry of Finance.
The Association laid down its tools in demand for better conditions of service for Technical University teachers in the country.
They were later joined by Technical Universities Administrators Association of Ghana (TUAAG) and the followed by the Technical University Senior Administrators Association of Ghana (TUSAAG) who are also demanding full benefits of migration onto the public universities salary structure.
Benjamin Nana Appiah/adrdaily.com