Professor Ransford Gyampo, a prominent professor at the University of Ghana, has replied to a statement made by the Head of Public Affairs at the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to the effect that dissatisfied lecturers should retire.
Mr. Ankrah told Accra-based 3FM on Thursday that members of the University Teachers Association (UTAG), who are presently on strike, cannot continue with the industrial action if they want to engage in substantive discussions aimed at resolving the dispute amicably.
According to Mr. Ankrah, displeased lecturers should retire if they are unsatisfied with their working circumstances.
“Because you cannot negotiate while on strike, they must call it off before engaging. That is the recommendation made by the Labour Commission in accordance with the legislation. If an employee is dissatisfied with something, the best course of action is resignation,” Mr. Laryea said.
However, in a Facebook post on Thursday, Professor Gyampo stated that “telling teachers that they should resign if they are dissatisfied with their working conditions is the most foolish talk that can only come from the buccal cavity of a small-minded person who was unable to benefit fully from formal education.”
On Sunday, he again emphasized that the planned industrial action reflected the Association’s frustration with the government’s inability to keep its commitments to them. He spoke on Accra-based TV station joynews.
According to him, UTAG is only concerned with the welfare of its members, emphasizing that the forthcoming strike is political in nature.
“…this has nothing to do with opposing the administration or collaborating with the opposition. It is all about expressing, projecting, and advocating for improved service conditions for our members.” Professor Gyampo.