An Accra High Court presided over by Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson has struck out a suit filed against the University Teachers Association of Ghana(UTAG) by the National Labour Commission(NLC).
After lawyers for the NLC informed the court of their decision to discontinue the case, the suit was therefore struck out as withdrawn.
Mr Yehoda Kotey, counsel for the NLC indicated that the decision to discontinue the case is per an agreement reached between UTAG and the government in a memorandum of Agreement.
Also, counsel for UTAG, Mr Kwasi Keli-Delataa agreed that there has been an agreement between his client and government to settle the impasse out of the courtroom.
UTAG signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the government on August 18, 2021, after an emergency meeting with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, and the National Labour Commission(NLC).
The parties, therefore, agreed on the following per their deliberation:
1. That both parties (Government and UTAG) agree that there is a need to get back to the negotiating table from the week beginning Monday, August 23, 2021.
2. That a road for negotiation, as agreed at previous consultative meetings between the parties, which imposes a one-month mandatory period beginning 23rd August 2021 for negotiations, shall be signed by both parties;
3. That whilst the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations in conjunction with the NLC is taking steps to discontinue all legal processes against UTAG, UTAG will also take steps to suspend the ongoing strike action;
4. That government acknowledges the need to improve the working conditions of University Teachers and shall treat this will all the seriousness it deserves.