CRUTECH ASUU Still On Strike – Demands Payment Of Salaries
CRUTECH Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented the non-payment of salaries of its members. The union, in a statement on Monday, decried the inability of the state government to meet the demands of the CRUTECH lecturers six months after they embarked on a strike.
It would be recalled that workers of the Cross River University Of Technology protested last November to draw attention to what they described as the neglect of the institution by the state government. Since that time, the action had paralysed academic and social activities in the school.
The ASUU leaders, who noted that lecturers at CRUTECH withdrew their services due to non-payment of their salaries, said academic activities would not resume in the school until the authorities paid their outstanding four months salaries.
In the statement signed by the ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Nsing Ogar; Chairman of ASUU, CRUTECH, Dr. Stephen Ochang; Chairman, ASUU, University of Uyo, Dr. Aniekan Brown; his University of Calabar counterpart, Dr. Tony Eyang; and the Chairman of ASUU, Abia State University, Mr. Ochi Ejimofor, the union blamed the Cross River State Government for crisis plaguing CRUTECH.
The statement read, “We demand the immediate payment of arrears of the four month (December, 2014 – March, 2015) salaries. The union is also demanding the release of a special grant of N2.3bn to enable the university to pay sundry arrears owed staff as well as increase the monthly subvention to the university from N169m to N250m for effective running of the university.
“Other demands include the release of adequate funds to the university for NUC accreditation visit while staff salaries (including deductions) should at least be paid latest by 30th of every month.”
SSANIP Members Embark On Indefinite Strike – See Why
Members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnic, SSANIP, across the country have embarked on an indefinite strike pending the Federal Government honouring the agreement it entered with the union in 2009.
The union said it embarked on the strike following its rejection of the report of a technical committee set up by the Federal Government on the implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale (CONTISS 15) which the union alleged was approved by the Federal Government and was been implemented in some institutions before it was stopped.
At a media briefing jointly addressed by Chairman, Yaba College of Technology (YCT) chapter of SSANIP, Comrade Olorunmbe Omopariola and the immediate past National President of the Union, Alhaji Ganiyu Akinleye, the Union said it was embarking on the industrial action it suspended after the Federal Government failed to keep its own side of the agreement they jointly signed in 2013.
Omopariola said the major issue of contention was the implementation of the CONTISS 15, a policy that has to do with career movement of staff and payment of appropriated allowances which he claimed to be in effect in 2009 but the federal government has reneged since. He alleged that shortly after the suspension of its industrial action in 2013, the government directed full implementation of the payment across cadres, as part of the terms agreed upon before the suspension of the strike.
He however, noted that shortly after the beginning of the implementation, a directive came to the Rectors of Federal Polytechnics for the suspension of the implementation of the payment, this he said was tested by the union forcing the Federal Government to later withdraw the directive and request for data on the workforce of each polytechnic to know how the implementation would be done.
In the process the Federal government, according to Omopariola, set up two committees, technical and verification committees. The Verification committee was to verify the claims of each polytechnic.