UTAG begins strike today

Members of the University Teachers Association (UTAG) have declared an indefinite strike.

The university teachers are striking over government’s refusal to pay their book and research allowance. The teachers say government has failed to fulfill its promise of paying the allowances in spite of numerous promises to do so.

An executive member of the union Charles Marfo told StarrFMonline.com their strike will last until all their concerns are addressed.

The action comes in the wake of the industrial action being embarked upon by members of the Ghana Medical Association over their service conditions.

The doctors have threatened to resign en masse if government does not heed their demands.

But President John Mahama has said he will not sanction any expenditure for public sector workers not captured in the budget regardless of the political implications.

“Any agreement that is reached in respect of allowances or conditions of services would have to be appropriately captured in the budget…and I want to say for emphasis I will not authorize any expenditure on wages and compensation not provided for in the budget”.