A letter detailing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between government and UTAG (University Teachers’ Association of Ghana) has been subject diverse opinion by different people. However, the meaning of the letter is not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of interpretating what the writers actually mean.
Before we commence the dissection of the letter let us take a look at the letter. Below is a copy of the letter for your own perusal:
A close look at point 3 on page one states, ‘That whilst the Ministry of Employment and Labour relations in conjunction with the National Labour Commission (NLC) is taking steps to DISCONTINUE all legal processes (i.e. National Labour Commission vs. University Teachers Association of Ghana, Suit No. IL/0116/2021) against UTAG. UTAG will also take steps to SUSPEND the on-going strike action.
It is important to note that the memorandum lists a roadmap for negotiations. A roadmap represents guidelines that will be rolled in connection with negotiations, most desirably before negotiation starts.
Hence, UTAG has agreed to begin efforts to call off the strike action on the condition that NLC drops the pending court case. Therefore, UTAG will call of the strike action when the case has been pulled off the legal table.
It is incorrect to say that UTAG has called off its strike action until there is a press release from the UTAG executives stating same.