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TUTAG rejects gov’t proposals as they continue with strike

By Mutala Yakubu
TUTAG leaders and government officials in a meeting
TUTAG leaders and government officials in a meeting

The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana, TUTAG, are continuing with their strike after rejecting the government's proposal to pay its members extra allowances instead of migrating them onto the public university single spine salary structure.

TUTAG’s industrial action follows the Controller and Accountant General’s Department’s failure to pay emoluments due them with effect from 1st August 2019 despite a directive from the Ministry of Finance.

TUTAG laid down its tools in demand for better conditions of service for Technical University teachers in the country.

TUTAG and government officials led by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations reportedly held an eight-hour-long meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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During the meeting, the government proposed the payment of entertainment and responsibility allowances but was turned down by the leadership of TUTAG.

Stanley Nelvis-Glattey, who is a National Executive member of TUTAG and also doubles as the General Secretary for the Ho chapter, told Citi News government’s proposition is totally unacceptable.

“They are pleading that with the responsibility and entertainment allowance, they will give us a figure which is less though. We are saying that even if we will take that, it means that they must migrate everybody without that conundrum of downgrade. We have been converted per the act that established us, we are to be to on a certain payroll that is coterminous with the traditional universities; so they should put us there. Must we fight over this?”

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The Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), whose strike entered week three this week, promised that its members will return to their posts if the meeting had produced positive results.