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Labour Unrest: Let’s Have A Listening Posture – Kamal-Deen To Gov’t

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NPP Deputy Communications Director, Kamal-Deen Abdullai

A Deputy Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kamal-Deen Abdullai has applauded the government, National Labour Commission and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) for coming into agreement following weeks of industrial action by the University teachers.

A statement signed by the Education Minister, Yaw Osei Adutwum, and the UTAG President, Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo, indicated that UTAG has agreed to suspend their strike action following several negotiations between the parties.

In respect of this, the National Labour Commission has also resolved to cancel all legal actions against the lecturers.

” . . 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.

“That government acknowledges the need to improve the working conditions of University Teachers and shall treat this with all the seriousness it deserves,” a memorandum of agreement sighted by read.

Making submissions on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Kamal-Deen Abdullai was happy that the parties have reached a consensus and that UTAG has called off the strike as government works to resolve the challenges confronting the University teachers.

Commending the parties over their amicalbe settlement, Kamal-Deen advised the government not to address labour issues with strong fists.

”I want to appeal to government that we should have that listening posture. Sometimes, humility is the way to go in governing the people.”

“For me, I feel that that emotion must be out. Then, secondly, taking politics out of it should also help us to be able to move,” he said.

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