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Published On: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

3 staff unions of tertiary institutions in Nasarawa set to go on strike

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Academic and non-academic staff unions in three tertiary institutions in Nasarawa state have threatened to go on strike over the government’s failure to meet their demands.

Members of the unions in the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia; College of Education, Akwanga and the College of Agriculture, Lafia, are threatening to embark on strike over issues bordering on staff welfare and administration.

The workers had embarked on a strike that lasted for six months in 2013, but was suspended for five weeks following the intervention of the institutions’ governing councils.

An official of the unions told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on condition of anonymity, at the weekend in Abuja, that the workers were waiting to collect their pay slips on Monday.

He said the unions had met and decided to embark on the strike today if their pay slips did not reflect their promotion arrears, which was part of their demands.

“It is obvious that the government does not care about the education sector, especially in these three institutions. We were in this struggle with the state university, but the government singled it out to address its challenges and remained adamant on our plight.

“I assure you if our expectations are not met by Monday, we are definitely going on strike,’’ he added. (NAN)

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