FUSSAG solidarise with UTAG

Accra, April 9.GNA- The Federation of Universities Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG) of Trades Union Congress, has appealed to government to pay the outstanding arrears of University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) without delay.

A statement issued in Accra on Tuesday by Mr Jacob Emmanuel Eshun, General Secretary of FUSSAG said, the demands of UTAG which has become a standoff between the association and the government has brought academic work to a standstill.

It said: ‘There is the danger that the academic calendar will be distorted thereby affecting the end of semester examinations and 2013/2014 academic year admissions.

‘It is instructive to note that that this year’s admission is particularly crucial because two batches of students are expected to be admitted,’ the statement said.

It said any action that would create an admission backlog would subject the universities, parents and applicants to a considerable anxiety and stress.

‘We wish to support the position of UTAG to demand lump sum payment of their outstanding arrears.’

‘In view of time value of money, staggering the payment will arguably affect the value of the amount in question.’

‘Natural  justice demands s that UTAG members should be paid their arrears once, just as other citizen’s outstanding entitlement were not paid by instalment,’ the statement said.