The Labour Division of the Accra High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction application filed against the strike by the Universities Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) by the National Labour Commission (NLC), TV3’s Richard Bright Addo who was in court has reported.
Speaking to journalists after court proceedings on Tuesday February 15, lawyer for the UTAG, Kwesi Keli- Deletaa, said “The motion was seeking to enforce the directive of the labour commission which was filed before the injunction application was filed.
“In our view, the main motion which is seeking to enforce the directive of the NLC should have been heard first but the but the judge thought otherwise and decided that the injunction application should be heard first and the outcome of that application is what you all witnessed in court today the judge decided to grant the interlocutory injunction application.”
The NLC has ruled that the strike by UTAG was illegal.
This was after a meeting with the labour unions and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations was held on Thursday January 13.
After the meeting, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireku Brobbey told journalists that the goverment is expecting that the unions to do the needful.
“In the sprit of transparency and very mutual respect for them , they have assured them that whatever allowance is due them because they were captured in the 2022 budget January they are going to be paid . Therefore the Commission has directed that they go and call off the strike immediately.
But UTAG failed to call of the strike, a situation that forced the NLC to go to court to enforce its order.
The court earlier asked the two parties to settle this issue out of court but that did happen.