Students of public universities can heave a temporary sigh of relief because the nearly five-week strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has been put on hold by the Accra High Court.
Per our information sighted on MyJoyOnline.com, this declares that — Accra High Court Orders UTAG To Suspend Strike.
The Labour Division of the Accra High Court on Tuesday put an injunction on the strike after it upheld an interlocutory application by the National Labour Commission (NLC).
Per the decision of the court, presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson, UTAG is to suspend its strike immediately and go back to the lecture halls.
In addition, the lecturers cannot embark on any strike until the final determination of an application filed at the court by the NLC.
UTAG is therefore expected to halt the strike until the Court determines the substantive application by the NLC.
The Court presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson noted that ongoing negotiations between the parties may not yield any result if the industrial action continues. The Court had asked both parties to try an out-of-court settlement on two occasions.
Justice Aboadwe Rockson, thus, granted the injunction.
UTAG’s Lawyer, Kwasi Keli-Delataa, objected to the motion and pleaded with the Court to determine the substantive case before it.
But the judge overruled it.
The NLC sued UTAG, urging the Court to declare the strike illegal.
The case has been adjourned to February 22, 2022, at 1:30 pm.
Students have been left stranded on various campuses of public universities as there appears to be no end in sight for the industrial action by their lecturers.
But on both occasions, UTAG said they have not received any concrete offer from government yet, thus causing all engagements to end inconclusively.
UTAG Strike Update Today – Court Order UTAG To Suspend Strick
- The court, presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson, halted the strike which is currently in its fifth week.
- The injunction application was granted by the Labour Division of the Accra High Court today, Tuesday, 15 February 2022.
- This means the lecturers must return to the lecture halls to teach
- UTAG has been on strike demanding better conditions of service
- The University lecturers have accused the government and the NLC of not having the interest of the university teachers at heart.
UTAG wants government to restore their 2012 conditions of service, which pegged the monthly income of entry-level lecturers at $2,084.
The Association has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.
This is our today’s current news on UTAG strike in Ghana.
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