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3 members of UEW UTAG dissociate themselves from Association

3 members of UEW UTAG dissociate themselves from Association:

Three members of University of Education, Winneba’s branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have disassociated themselves from the Association.

They are; Prof. Samuel Asiedu Addo, Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe and Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku.

The group of three in a rejoinder, stated that their decision is a result of the UEW branch of UTAG holding a vote to reject the decision taken by NEC the same day the Committee (NEC) of UTAG, at a press conference, announced the suspension of the industrial action embarked on by the Association since the beginning of the current academic year.

According to them, “whereas we acknowledge the right of members who voted to reject the decision of NEC, we are surprised by the haste in which the meeting was convened and the vote taken.”

They added that “we are equally surprised in the manner in which the decision to reject NEC’s decision to suspend the strike was communicated.”

“This conveyed a message of rebelliousness and disrespect for the NEC of UTAG,” they said.

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UEW UTAG strike

RE: UTAG UEW REJECTS NEC’S DECISION TO SUSPEND STRIKE
ACTION
On Monday 22nd February, 2022, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of
UTAG, at a press conference, announced the suspension of the industrial action
embarked on by the association since the beginning of the current academic year.
NEC, in announcing the suspension, referred the decision to the constituent branches
of the association for endorsement. The individual branches were given five days
within which to consult with its membership on the decision taken by NEC. It has
however come to our notice that the UEW branch of UTAG on the same day held a
vote to reject the decision taken by NEC.
Whereas we acknowledge the right of members who voted to reject the decision of
NEC, we are surprised by the haste in which the meeting was convened and the vote
taken. We are equally surprised in the manner in which the decision to reject NEC’s
decision to suspend the strike was communicated. This conveyed a message of
rebelliousness and disrespect for the NEC of UTAG. This reminds us of the year
2017, when some elements in UEW UTAG (with their leaders currently occupying
executive positions at the branch level of the association) openly and brazenly
constituted themselves into “Concerned UTAG Members” to reject and go against a
decision of NEC at the time. This makes us wonder whether there is no ulterior
motive behind the haste and manner, in which the decision to reject NEC’s directive
was taken and communicated. Especially so, when information available to us
indicates that NEC of UTAG has been officially invited by Government to meet it
for negotiations to commence, as early as tomorrow.
We, the three generations of national and local executives of UTAG and our
followers, therefore dissociate ourselves from the current position of UEW UTAG
executives; more so when the communique was not signed by the local President of
the association.
We therefore urge our members to show solidarity and respect for the NEC of
UTAG, to keep the association united at all times. In doing this, we must also
consider the pleas of parents, students and other stakeholders, while remaining
resolute in our demands for the restoration of our conditions of service.
Thank you

Signed

1. Prof. Samuel Asiedu Addo
2. Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe
3. Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku

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The group said the decision taken by UEW of UTAG reminds “us of the year 2017, when some elements in UEW UTAG (with their leaders currently occupying executive positions at the branch level of the association) openly and brazenly constituted themselves into “Concerned UTAG Members” to reject and go against a decision of NEC at the time.”’

“This makes us wonder whether there is no ulterior motive behind the haste and manner, in which the decision to reject NEC’s directive was taken and communicated. Especially so, when information available to us indicates that NEC of UTAG has been officially invited by Government to meet it for negotiations to commence, as early as tomorrow.”

The group urged its members “to show solidarity and respect for the NEC of UTAG, to keep the association united at all times.”

“In doing this, we must also consider the pleas of parents, students and other stakeholders, while remaining resolute in our demands for the restoration of our conditions of service,” the group added.

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