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UTAG suspends planned strike over payment of Book and Research Allowances

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has suspended its planned strike.

The planned strike by UTAG was in response to the delay in payment of their book and research allowance by the government.

UTAG has given government up till the end of September to complete the payment of last academic year’s Book and Research Allowances.

The Association said government has shown the needed commitment to pay the allowance for the 2019/2020 academic year, hence the U-turn.

“UTAG would like to inform the public and all stakeholders that it has suspended the intended withdrawal of its service in all the public universities by the close of the day, Monday, September 14, 2020.”

“This decision follows from a show of commitment by the government towards the payment of last academic year’s book and research allowances. UTAG has gathered pieces of information through its discussions with the people representing government that amply suggest that the government is heeding to the call of UTAG to pay the allowance, which should have been paid by the end of July 2020 at the latest.”

“UTAG would like to inform the public and all stakeholders that it has suspended the intended withdrawal of its services in all public universities by the close of day today, Monday, September 14, 2020,” a press statement from the Association said.

Background

Members of UTAG threatened to withdraw their services on Monday, September 14 if the government failed to show commitment to pay the Allowances due them two months ago, by the latest.

The Association added that ”Should the next Academic year’s calendar, which has already seen some disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic be derailed, it should not be blamed on us but the government’s actions and inactions in its dealing with the Association on the subject matter.”

Book and research allowance

The book and research allowance is provided by the government to public universities for the purpose of funding researches in academia for national development.

 

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