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UTAG to NLC: Our strike is legal, we will go to court

The National Labour Commission (NLC) rules that UTAG's strike is illegal and should return to the negotiating table

The members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) said their strike is legal despite a ruling by the National Labour Commission (NLC) that it is illegal.

The NLC gave its ruling after a meeting with representatives of UTAG, the ministry of employment and the ministry of finance on Thursday (13 January).

However, a Facebook post by the general secretary of the University of Ghana branch of UTAG, Prof Ransford Gyampo indicated that UTAG is prepared to meet the commission in court if it comes to that.

“Simple report of our meeting with the National Labor Commission: They say our strike is illegal. We say it is legal. They say we should call it off. We say we won’t. What next? Court or sacking us? They should bring it on.”

On his part, Prof Solomon Nunoo, national president of UTAG said members of UTAG are currently holding meetings at the various local levels to consider returning to work.

He said: “As of now we need to go back to our members and give them a report. So, across the country, we’re reporting back to our members so that we can look at the way forward. I cannot say yes neither can I say no to [remaining resolute about not calling off strike] but like I said, UTAG members are meeting across the country and it is only then that it’ll be decided whether we’re remaining on strike or not.”

The National Labour Commission has directed both parties to return to the negotiating table and reach a consensus.

Nicholas Brown

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