The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) says it is yet to call off its strike action, contrary to media reports suggesting that the Association has called of its protracted strike action, ABC News can report.
In an interview with ABC News, the President of TUTAG, Dr Solomon Keelson said although the Association has reached an agreement to call off the strike following a ruling by the National Labour Commission, it is yet to officially announce its final decision.
He said the leadership of the Association will announce its final decision tomorrow with an official communication, hence it is premature for one to conclude that it has called off the strike.
“We have not called off the strike but we have made some headway looking at it. I don’t why some are concluding that we have called off the strike. We have been given the ruling, what we should do and what the government should also do. So we are yet to go back before we call off the strike.
“Officially we have not called off the strike. There is a difference between understanding that we are going to call off the strike and calling it off. If anybody tells you that we have called off the strike, it is not true. We have only reached an understanding,” he said.
After three weeks of laying down its tools, the leadership of TUTAG met with the National Labour Commission (NLC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) Monday.
This followed two earlier meetings between Government officials and TUTAG over the matter, all of which ended without an agreement.
However, ruling on the matter Monday, the NLC urged TUTAG to “immediately” call off their strike and “return to work.”
It implored the government to pay TUTAG members who qualify, electricity, rent, maintenance, off-campus and security allowances at the end of December 2019.
The Commission, on the matter of entertainment and fuel allowances for the university lecturers, said those “shall be paid to deserving officeholders in December 2019.
Dr Keelson indicated that the Association welcomed the NLC’s ruling and expressed the hope that government will be committed to the ruling and honour the directives accordingly.
He gave an assurance that the Association will announce its position on the matter after its meeting tomorrow.
The group declared a sit-down strike effective Tuesday, October 7, 2019, over poor conditions of service suggesting that following the conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities, little has been done to properly upgrade them to reflect current status.
The Association also indicated that there were anomalies in the migration onto the Public Service Salary Structure as some lecturers received only half of their salaries last month while others did not even get paid.