Government has sent a passionate appeal to members of the Univerisity Teachers Associaion of Ghana (UTAG) to call off their strike action, started April 2, 2013.
In a statement signed by the Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga, on Monday, April 8, 2013, government has reiterated its desire to pay the arrears as recommended by the National Labour Commission (NLC).
“The National Labour Commission agreed with the proposal of Government and directed that the arrears of the allowances for 2012 should be paid in 3 equal installments in May, July and September. Essentially, the action of UTAG is seeking to pressurize Government to violate the directives of the NLC and to compel Government to make a lump sum payment,” the statement read.
It added: “It is regrettable that university teachers are not teaching presently even though their full salaries and allowances, as enhanced by the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), is being paid them even for the days that they stay away from work.”
But Mr Ayariga indicated in the statement that the university teachers have been paid their monthly salaries and other allowances for every month that they have worked in 2013.
“In 2012 they were paid all their salaries and other benefits except the market premium which is an allowance that was in dispute and was a subject matter before the National Labour Commission (NLC),” he stated.
He appealed to the lecturers to return to the halls as payment of the market premium allowance will begin next month.