National executives of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) will on Tuesday hold an emergency meeting in Accra to decide whether to declare strike following government’s failure to meet the deadline to pay their 2017/2018 book and research allowance.
The Association gave a July 31 deadline after several pleas to government to settle the allowance failed.
But the government again failed to meet the deadline; something which pushed members of UTAG to hold emergency meetings at their various campuses across the country to deliberate on the issue.
“.. .What our members are saying is that the National Executive Committee (NEC) should declare a strike,” immediate past president of UTAG, Dr Harry Agbanu, said TV3 Midday Live on Monday.
He said in view of the calls by the members across the country, the NEC is scheduled to meet on August 7 4:00pm at University of Ghana on the way forward.
At a news conference in Cape Coast on July 25, UTAG said the Ministry of Finance’ refusal to respond to their letter is indicative of the condescending treatment UTAG has received from government over the years with respect to the payment of the book and research allowances.
“Following the lackadaisical attitude of government, UTAG wrote to the ministry of finance on the 7th of July 2018 about the need to make payment by 16th July 2018 to forestall agitations,” National President of UTAG Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah he stated at the press conference.