The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has warned that it will not tolerate any conditionalities from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that will disadvantage its members.
The Association said on Monday, July 4, that it has noted the government’s request for financial support from the Fund.
However, it emphasized that it would not accept any policy order from the Fund that had negative consequences.
A section of the statement said, “We, therefore, feel unhappy with the Government’s decision given its possible adverse effect on UTAG members, and by extension public sector employees, and its consequence on the functioning of Public Universities.”
“We want to make it clear that the Ghanaian government must make sure that the terms of the assistance do not adversely affect the terms of service of labor unions, particularly UTAG. The statement said, “In particular, UTAG would not accept any IMF conditionality that adversely affected the current agreements between Government and UTAG to enhance the Conditions of Service of our members.
However, UTAG advised the government to embrace the chance to visit the IMF to “employ local specialists to help the formulation of a comprehensive plan that would form the foundation of all negotiations with the IMF.”
Additionally, it said that it was prepared to “provide technical backstopping support services to the government to analyze the policy choices and build the plan for effective and efficient engagement with the IMF.”