Academic activities for the 2019/ 2020 academic year are expected to resume in Technical Universities across the country following the decision by the university teachers to return to the classrooms, ABC News can report.
On Wednesday, the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) temporarily called off its strike action following an ex-parte injunction secured by the National Labour Commission.
TUTAG on Monday, January 6 declared an indefinite strike action in protest of government’s refusal to settle the arrears owed its members as directed by NLC in its ruling on October 28, 2019.
The development forced the NLC to convey a meeting with the leadership of the striking teachers to resolve the matter.
According to TUTAG it could not honour the gathering because they had a challenge with the timing for which they delegated its lawyers to seek permission on their behalf.
“Sadly though, the commission refused TUTAG’s request and went ahead with its ruling without giving TUTAG a hearing,” a statement signed by its president, Dr Solomon Keelson said.
The NLC in its ruling on January 8 said, among other things, that six out of the eight technical universities who had submitted their data to the National Council for Tertiary Education would receive their due salaries and allowances on January 29.
For the other two, they were directed to submit their data latest by January 17 to enable them receive their salaries and allowances at the end of February 2020.
“The commission also directs that with this intervention, TUTAG shall call off the strike with immediate effect and return to work,” the NLC enjoined.
But TUTAG, standing by its decision, refused to call off the strike which compelled the NLC to seek injunction in court.
“In view of the above, we are suspending the strike action immediately to show our respect for the rule of law and to institutions of state who enforce law and order,” TUTAG said.
It added the decision was a demonstration of good faith “which must be reciprocated by all stakeholders.”
Read the full statement below;