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Head of Public Affairs, Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC,) Mr. Earl Ankrah, has said the the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) got the best of services in the agreement they signed in October last year.

The lecturers who are currently on strike had complained among other things that the FWSC delayed in releasing the report on the Labour Market Survey.

Speaking in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Thursday January 13, Mr Ankrah said “They [UTAG got the best of service in the agreement they signed in October.”

He further revealed that UTAG failed to show up for a meeting that was scheduled to take place yesterday Wednesday January 12 to discuss the issues.

“UTAG didn’t turn up for the meeting yesterday. We hope that they turn up today. We don’t know if it was a deliberate condition but we will find out today,” he said.

Another scheduled meeting between the National Labour Commission (NLC), on one hand, and the UTAG and FWSC , on the other hand, is today, Thursday, January 13.

The meeting, called by NLC, was originally scheduled to come off on Wednesday but was delayed by 24 hours upon a request by the university teachers.

The NLC had raised concerns on Monday, January 10, when the lecturers began their strike, saying they should have complied with section 159 of the Act 651.

But section 159 would have caused the Commission to intervene immediately.

Notwithstanding, the NLC said it is committed to resolving the matter.

UTAG’s National Secretary Dr Asare Asante-Annor had contested NLC’s concerns on TV3 but assured that they will be at the meeting.

Each representative is expected to bring not more than two officials due to the coronavirus protocols.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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