“Speakers deserve better salary structure” – Prof. Gyampo on UG UTAG planned strike

The secretary of the University of Ghana section of the Association of University Teachers of Ghana (UG UTAG), Professor Ransford Gyampo, stressed that until their conditions of service are improved, they will not will not hesitate to withdraw their services.

He says that if the salaries of university professors are not increased, the UG section of UTAG will launch an indefinite strike from Monday, January 10, 2022.

Speaking on First morning On Thursday, the academic recalled that the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG to accept the proposed payment of $ 1,600 had been contested by some members of the Association; therefore, a reason for their industrial action.

“It is purely that our salaries are not listed anywhere, the conditions of service are poor, the negotiations did not yield much, the deadlines and the agreements reached were not respected. People are frustrated and it happened at this point where I don’t think any amount of persuasion or coated words would make people reverse their decision, ”he told Benjamin Akakpo.

Prof Gyampo questioned the 7% wage increase for public sector workers, adding that if there is no fairness in the pay structure for workers, there can be no industrial harmony.

He called for a revision of the constitution to ensure Ghanaians benefit from better payment packages. The political science professor argued that it would be inappropriate to say that the 70% increase in the salaries of office holders under section 71 is a constitutional question.

“I think we generally, as a nation, need to talk about fairness in our pay structure. Without fairness in our salary structure we cannot have industrial harmony and without industrial harmony governance cannot be achieved in the country.

“You can’t give the owners the 7% money and the caretakers 70% and when we talk about that, someone says it’s a constitutional question. Is the constitution a Bible? The constitution is not a Bible and as a thinking society we have the right to challenge the constitutional content.

“This is why the 1992 Constitution has been revised; it is not a Bible. Politicians cannot hide behind these discriminatory provisions and ask us to tighten our belts while they eat, their bellies will bloom and they will loosen their belts, ”retorted Professor Gyampo.

The national leadership of UTAG is expected to issue a statement on possible strike action this week.

Previously, some chapters wanted NEC to withdraw its press release which purported to suggest that an agreement had been reached between UTAG members to accept the research allowance and a proposal contained in the memorandum of understanding signed between the government and UTAG. NEC.

Among other things, the proposal aimed to complete a labor market investigation report to determine the interim market premium review by December 2021 for implementation in 2022.

Professor Ransford Gyampo has said their fight for their due should not be misinterpreted as a conspiracy against the government.

“Let it be known that this is not something against anyone, we are not anti-government, and we are not pro-opposition. What we are asking for is a better condition of service.

“I think the teachers have been calm, they have been patient, they have been silent for too long. If you push a human against a wall, they don’t go through the wall, they bounce off you.

Ida M. Morgan