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NLC has lost moral right as independent arbitar – Dr. Jonas Bugase

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The University Teacher Association of Ghana (UTAG) has explained that it declined a meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) because the NLC has lost its moral right to operate as an independent arbiter. This was after a court asked both parties to settle their issues out of court and return to present the conclusions and recommendations of same to the court at the later date

Dr. Jonas Bugase, the UTAG branch President at the C.K Tedam University for Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) while speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East said the decision by the NLC to drag the teachers to court when it knew that the employers had failed to hold up their end of an agreement in an earlier Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was unfortunate.

Dr. Bugase expressed UTAGS’s disappointment in the NLC after the decision to sue the teachers.

“After a lot of deliberation with our lawyers, we ask them to write to the NLC, to respectfully acknowledge their support in this direction and to indicate that we are interested in getting this situation resolved, so we would rather prefer to have a meeting with the government parties which bothers on the core matter of the issue and then report back to the NLC. This was a decision that was taken at the National Executive Committee,” he said.

Dr. Bugase continued to say that the meeting with the NLC would not have furthered their course. “The NLC has no locus in that situation because they have failed in their right to be an independent arbiter. If they were an independent arbiter when government failed to implement its part of the road map signed last year in August, the NLC should have compelled government to get these things done to avoid this strike”.

“The NLC failed in that regard and was also quick to take us, for the second time, to court to enforce a directive to get us to go back to the classrooms when we are having challenges with our Conditions of Service. For us, we think that the NLC has lost its moral ground. You cannot take me to court, and still ask me to appear before you to find a solution for it. If you had a solution, you would not have taken me to court,” he added.

Dr. Bugase explained that UTAG is supposed to meet with the employers tomorrow, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, to fashion out a road map to possibly, bring the strike to an end. The meeting is expected to bring together the Minister for Education, Minister for Labour and all other relevant stakeholders.

A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith |Bolgatanga|Ghana

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