UTAG members recommend juicy packages for Article 71 office holders – Asare

US-based Ghanaian Professor, Kwaku Asare, has noted that members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) who are up against the government over poor condition of service are the same people who recommend juicy packages for article 71 office holders when they are invited to serve on the emolument committees.

UTAG members are currently demanding the restoration of a 2012 Single Spine Salary Structure agreement that would see entry-level lecturers earn the cedi equivalent of $2,084 monthly.

Earlier negotiations between the state and UTAG broke down, compelling the National Labour Commission (NLC) to seek intervention from the courts.

UTAG said they felt bullied following the NLC’s injunction to have them return to work.

The NLC’s application against UTAG has been struck out the Labour Division of the Accra High Court.

This was after Lawyers of the NLC had told the court that the two parties had reached agreement on the matter.

UTAG has since suspended their strike.

Commenting on this development, Profesor Asare said in a Facebook post that “Most of the juicy perks and privileges enjoyed by Article 71 office holders have been recommended by Committees chaired by UTAG members, including Professors Ntiamoah Baidu, Edu Buandoh, Ewurama Addy, and Greenstreet.

“UTAG must direct some of its anger of the neutral Article 71 to its members who serve on these Committees and who make these juicy recommendations.”

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