The National Labour Commission (NLC) has cancelled its scheduled meeting with the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and other parties involved in the ongoing strike by the University Teachers.
The meeting was scheduled to have taken place on February 7, 2022 at 11 am after the High Court had ordered both parties to settle the matter out of court.
However, UTAG in a letter dated February 4 declined the invitation by the NLC emphasising that the more acceptable approach in the present circumstances is to meet with the government side to try to iron out the remaining differences.
This, the NLC said is the reason for the cancellation of its scheduled meeting which was supposed to have taken place today.
Speaking to JoyNews on Monday, the UTAG President of the University of Ghana Chapter, Dr. Samuel Nkumbaan reiterated that the Association thought it wise to meet with the government than the NLC which had filed a suit against the Association.
“…the resolution of the matter is between we and Government not the Labour Commission and that is why we respectfully wrote to decline the meeting because we thought the meeting was not an appropriate forum and that if we have a call up by our employers we would honour and engage with them…you cannot be in court with us and be the same person that is in between the two parties that have a stalemate engaging them and trying to resolve their differences,” he said.
According to Dr. Nkumbaan, the Association together with the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission will hold a meeting with the Education Ministry on Tuesday, February 8 at 3 pm.