Dr Samuel Nkumbaan, President of the University of Ghana Chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) says lecturers cannot continue to hold negotiations in futility with the government.
According to Dr Nkumbaan, the Association since 2019 has held negotiations with Government which has yielded no impact.
Speaking on Newsfile, Saturday, he said Government has continuously held negotiations to cause the Association to suspend their industrial action.
“We have said time and again that we cannot continue to negotiate in perpetuity. We had a one-month moratorium granted by the National Labour Commission that, within this period, get this thing done. How many months down the line?
“September 22, we should have gotten this done by way of negotiation; we have not done that. So what has the NLC done to Government that it constantly suspends our industrial action of August last year and go into negotiation within a month, by which time we should have sorted all of these?” he quizzed.
Government has been unfair with the university lecturers
Meanwhile, private legal practitioner, Kofi Bentil says Government has been unfair with the university lecturers.
According to him, ignoring the lecturers is not the best way to resolve the matter.
“My suggestion to those running the system is that the court in such mass actions is not necessarily the silver bullet that solves everything; it can solve a number of them. But, ultimately, what will solve this intractable problem is respecting the other party.
“Sit down with them, hear them out and make sure that you meet their demands halfway…but the whole idea of ignoring them surely will not solve this problem,” he said on the current affairs show.
Despite the NLC declaring the strike as illegal, UTAG resolved to carry on, enabling the Commission to seek legal redress in court.
The NLC, among other things, is praying the court forces UTAG to call off its strike as declared by the Commission on January 13, 2022.
UTAG has vowed that it will not call off the industrial action until its demands for improved conditions are met.