The Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS) has asked the Technical University Teachers of Ghana (TUTAG) to use alternative means other than strikes in their demand for improved conditions of service.
According to the Union, the action by TUTAG members which started on Monday will distort the academic calendar of technical universities in the country.
Speaking to Citi News, President of GNUTS Deborah Asante Aboagye asked government to address the concerns of TUTAG to get them back to the lecture halls.
“I’m also pleading with them that they have to consider the situation at hand that although the government is not treating them well, they should find other ways of getting the attention of the government. If this is so, then we’ll also plead with the government to hasten the process. The institution that’s in charge should also take considerations on certain things,” she said.
Meanwhile, members of TUTAG are expected to meet the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to resolve the issue at hand.
The Chairman of the Accra Technical University branch of the Association, Dr. Ibrahim Zubeiru spoke to Citi News.
“We received a letter saying we’ll be called on Thursday to come so we’ll go on that day. This letter says the agenda is about the allowances to be paid. We don’t know what they are talking about. So we’ll call off the strike if we’re satisfied with what they put on the table when we get there. Our strike is indefinite, meaning we can call it off today, or tomorrow depending upon what government is doing,” he noted.
Some students of the Accra Technical University have called on the government to find a lasting solution to the annual strike actions embarked on by their lecturers.
This follows the ongoing strike action by TUTAG.
In an interview with Citi News, some of the students bemoaned the impact of the strike action on academic work.
“It’s becoming a menace which has to be curbed. Some of us are in the final year and have to begin our projects. They are not doing anything about it. If they decide to go on strike, it will affect us. They would have to at least pay more attention to us [the final students],” one person lamented.