Contempt case against UTAG to be heard today

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    A contempt case brought against the University Teachers Association of Ghana by the National Labour Commission will be heard by a court in Accra, later this [Monday] morning.

    UTAG refused to comply with the directives of an interlocutory injunction secured by the NLC on Friday, August 6, claiming that the premise of the injunction was false. The NLC had intended for UTAG to call off their strike.

    According to the NLC, it was unacceptable that UTAG would remain on strike while negotiations continued with the government. UTAG dismissed this premise, noting that there were no such negotiations underway between them and the government.

    Meanwhile, UTAG has also served notice to the media that it has initiated processes that would set aside the injunction.

    The President of UTAG, Prof. Charles Marfo is however on record to have said that the leadership of UTAG would be willing to engage with the government if the latter were to invite the association to the negotiation table.

    The University Teachers Association of Ghana is urging the government to restore the agreed-upon service conditions in 2012 which put entry-level lecturers on a salary of $2,084.

    Currently, the salary is pegged around $900.

    Some students who have spoken to Dennislaw News indicate there are a little apprehensive about the situation. End-of-semester examinations for some final students in the University of Ghana have not commenced as a result of this situation.