The Association of Professors of the University of Ghana (UTAG) has decided to launch industrial action from Monday, January 10.
It is because of the failure of the government to solve their problems.
A statement they released on Saturday January 8 said: “We must also point out that, generally, our members have decried the paltry sum they have agreed to be paid as an annual research allowance and would like the government reconsider paying more
realistic research allocation as it is essential to our research results, our promotion and, ultimately, national development.
“For the reasons stated above, the CEN of UTAG, at its meeting on January 7, 2022, reiterated its determination to follow through on the decision to withdraw teaching and related activities until further notice with effective Monday January 10, 2022 and called on all UTAGs that are members of the fifteen (15) branches to comply with this directive.
“We also urgently call on the employer to restore the 2013 IMP to 114% of base salary for members as the government moves forward to formulate guidelines to implement the appropriate recommendations to respond. at the university professor’s CoS. Following the unease of UTAG members, any delay by the employer would further aggravate
the already fragile academic calendar to the detriment of all stakeholders.
The press release further states that “it may be recalled that the Interim Market Bonus (IMP) which was instituted following the implementation of the One Spine Remuneration Policy has been frozen, in accordance with a white paper government, in 2013, for the purpose of conducting an LMS to determine a PM payable to deserving workers. To date, this determination has not been made, which has led to the erosion of the salary of the university professor.
“There was hope that by completing and implementing the 2019 Labor Market Survey (LMS) report, a review of the IMP would have placed the university professor on a relatively low salary. Well. Unfortunately, the recommendations of the 2019 LMS report without any accompanying technical report on the achievable PM make no sense for UTAG as they do not address the relevant issues of improving conditions of service (CoS).
“Interestingly though, there was an LMS in 2014 whose report did not see the light of day and one wonders if the 2019 LMS report will ever be implemented since it is already two years old. In addition, recommendation (iii) of the 2019 LMS report states that “the Public Services Commission should liaise with educational institutions to prioritize the supply of courses in areas of demand in order to increase the employment prospects of their graduates and to increase the pool of candidates for vacant positions. . “
“How can we achieve such a national program if the university professor’s CoS continues to deteriorate from year to year, leading to an ever increasing rate of attrition on our campuses?” UTAG members view the timing of the report’s release as one of the usual delay tactics the employer has used over the years, which is unacceptable.
Read the UTAG press release below: