Desist from tricks, lies as UTAG goes back to negotiation table -Gyampo warns gov’t

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General Secretary elect for the University of Ghana Chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) Prof. Ransford Gyampo has advised the government to be truthful in its dealings with lecturers as they have agreed to suspend their strike.

According to him, the suspension and subsequent call off depend on the government’s dealings with the Association in one month.

“Whether the strike action, which has temporarily been suspended, will be resumed or called off completely, is dependent on what happens during the one month period of negotiation, starting from Monday 23rd August, 2021.

Adding that “I expect honesty, mutual respect, candor, empathy, responsiveness and problem solving attitude, to characterize the negotiation. There should be no room for tricks, lies, and deceit. Representatives of University Teachers must not act out of synch with their constituents. They must at all times directly mirror the views of their constituents in this matter”.

The academic indicated that it’s imperative that government begins to have a rethink of the discrimination imposed by article 71 of the 1992 Constitution that grants juicy conditions of service to a few people, with relatively low educational background, and ignores all other Public Servants who are given pittance every month, and whose deaths are hastened every year, for poor pension they receive on retirement.

Prof. Gyampo indicated that so long as the discrimination exists, politicians will see no peace in the country.

“For, politicians and all other article 71 Office Holders would from now onwards, know no peace, so long as they continue to enjoy fat salaries whiles the rest of the population wallow in poverty. They cannot continue to tell us to tighten our belts, whiles they eat good food to protrude their tummies and loosen their belts. If there is no money, we must all suffer. If there is money, it must be equitably distributed. This is one key way to consolidate our peace and stability for development.”

Source: 2021

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