CKT-UTAS staff calls off industrial strike action

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File photo of Executives of the Worker Unions
File photo of Executives of the Worker Unions

Worker Unions at the Clement Kubindiwo Tedam-University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) in Navrongo, Upper East Region, have called off their industrial strike action.

The Unions on November 16, 2021, reactivated an industrial strike action following what it described as failure by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), and CKT-UTAS Management to adhere to a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) it signed with the Unions after they embarked on strike action on August 2, 2021.

The UTAG in a signed statement by Presidents and Chairpersons of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), the Teachers Educational Workers Union (TEWU), and the Senior Staff Association-Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga announced the suspended strike action.

“The decision to suspend the strike has been reached following a stakeholder meeting convened by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and a meeting held with CKT-UTAS Management,” the statement said.

It said, “the GTEC approved the Vice Chancellors of CKT-UTAS and SDD-UBIDS to immediately liaise through their respective University Councils to arrange for funds to pay November and December salaries timeously as all other Universities, while subvention reimbursements will be sent to them.”

According to the statement, the possibility of migrating staff of CKT-UTAS and SDD-UBIDS alongside the University for Development Studies as the first batch of public Universities to be migrated was also discussed.

It indicated that in two separate meetings of staff of CKT-UTAS and Unions Executives with Management of CKT-UTAS respectively, members agreed to suspend the strike on the strength that future delays in payment of salaries would be averted, and management was working to get CKT-UTAS staff independently migrated on their current salary scales to the IPPD2 by January 2022.

The statement added that management was taking steps to pay November and December salaries on time, and that the CAGD would strictly adhere to the agreed conditions precedent to the migration of staff as captured in their signed MoA.

The statement said to maintain industrial harmony on campus and prevent further distractions to the already bedeviled academic calendar, UTAG was hopeful that Management of CKT-UTAS, GTEC, CAGD, and all stakeholders strictly follow through with the terms.

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