Technical university teachers in Ghana have suspended their ongoing strike, a statement from their mother body announced on Saturday, June 19.
The Technical University Teachers’ Association (TUTAG) said in a statement that the decision to put the industrial action on hold follows an intervention by the Education Ministry and the National Labour Commission (NLC).
The statement further explained that a meeting with the sector minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, renewed their trust in government to address their demands.
“After listening to the Education Minister, we observed that there are still individuals in political positions that citizens can trust. From our observations of his verbal and nonverbal communication, we could see the natural sincerity that was oozing from both his verbal and nonverbal communication. Our encounter with Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum was the beginning of the the shift of TUTAG from mistrust to mutual trust, hence the decision to reconsider our position”.
TUTAG further noted that: “Though our strike has been declared legal, and we could have decided to remain on strike till our issues were resolved, we wish to inform the Education Minister that our decision to suspend our strike with immediate effect was based on our trust and confidence in his assurances. The word worthy of note is “suspend”. We are only suspending the strike to give Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum the benefit of the doubt”.
Why did TUTAG declare strike?
TUTAG on June 14, laid down their tools to demand payment of their 2018/19 Research arrears, negotiations of other conditions of service, among other pressing issues.
Their action adds to the growing number of labour agitations in the education sector.
Non-payment of Tier 2 pension arrears has also been topical on the agenda of the striking workers.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH