The leadership of the University Teachers Association says it has restrained members of the association from striking following government’s promise to pay the Book and Research Allowances (BRA) due its members by 10th August, 2018.
In this regard, the leadership indicate they have formally written to the National Labour Commission on their intention of striking if government does not fulfil its promise.
The association has for some time been calling on government and appropriate institutions to pay the allowances due its members. However these calls have fallen on deaf ears leading them to take this decision.
Last week, the leadership of the association hinted they were holding a meeting on August 2 to decide on their next line of action after the 31st July deadline given government to pay BRA elapsed.
At the meeting, a collective decision was reached to strike after this last chance given government yields no results.
Speaking in an interview with ATL FM News, the National President of UTAG, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah indicated that with this ‘last chance’, they have given government ample time of ten days after the deadline to act. Nonetheless, failure to do this, will cause the association to disrupt the next academic calendar.
“We have indicated clearly to our members that since government has promised to pay the Book and Research allowances by Friday, we should exercise patience and calm all over our campuses and wait. Friday, if government is not able to fulfill its promise, then according to the National Labour Commission, we have to give government ten days before we can proceed on strike. Therefore, UTAG has formally written to the National Labour Commission on our intention to go on strike. So we have decided that on the 24th of August, if government is unable to fulfill its promise then UTAG will not return to the classroom when school reopens. That is the decision we have taken and we hope that our members will remain calm as we monitor the situation”.
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