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Published On: Tue, Jun 18th, 2019

AUPCTRE pickets securities tribunal, demands suspension of chairman

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By Albert Akota

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), yesterday picketed the headquarters of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST).
National President of AUPCTRE, Com. Benjamin Anthony, who led the protesting staff decried the non-implementation of agreements reached with the IST management in 2018.
The protesters also demanded the suspension of the IST Chairman, Isaiah Idoko-Akoh, while calling on the ministry of finance to immediately investigate his activities at the tribunal.
Speaking with newsmen at the venue of the protest, Anthony said that the union’s plan was to occupy the office until government yields to their demands.
“We will escalate this protest to the national level if nothing is done,” he said.
According to Anthony, none of the agreements reached in February 2018 has been met by the management of IST.
He listed some of the agreements to include: “That only an officer from within the IST should head the procurement department.
“Those members of staff should not be denied promotion on account of secondment of staff from other agencies.”
The union also accused the chairman of preferring to work with youth corps members and persons on Industrial Training (IT), usually from his own ethnic nationality rather than IST staff members.

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