Workers begin strike in Edo tertiary institutions

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In Nigeria
Aug 19th, 2014
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Academic and non-academic staff of Edo State-owned tertiary institutions began yesterday a seven-day strike.

They are protesting the non-payment of 16 months arrears arising from the implementation of the CONPCASS AND CONTEDISS salary structure from July, 2009 to October, 2010.

The institutions are College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi; College of Education, Ekiadolor; Institute of Management Technology, Usen; and College of Education, Igueben.

The workers lamented inadequate funding, irregularity in the payment of salary, infrastructural decay and non-accreditation of some courses in the institutions.

The Coalition of Unions of State-Owned Tertiary Institutions urged the government to accede to the workers’ demands.

The coalition’s President, Fred Omonuwa, said: “For over two years, tertiary institutions have been trying to ensure that the 16 months salary owed workers arising from the difference in the implementation of CONPCASS and CONTEDISS from July, 2009 to October, 2010 are paid.

“Several correspondence were made between the unions and the government, particularly when the arrears of workers at the Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, were paid by the government. On several occasions, the unions called off strikes as a mark of solidarity with the Comrade Governor.

“If the government is not sure about the sincerity and ability of the various managements to pay salary and other entitlements of workers as at when due, it can investigate the authenticity or otherwise of the claims of the managements.

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