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College of Education unions suspend strike

11 February 2015, 13:19

Lagos - The striking unions at the Federal College of Education (Technical), (FCE)(T) Akoka, have suspended their 11-day-old strike, following an agreement with the institution’s authorities on their demands.

Nicolas Ogbusuo, Chairman, Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), FCE(T) Akoka Chapter, said in Lagos that the workers had resumed.

Ogbusuo spoke on behalf of the three striking unions.

The SSUCOEN chairman said the decision to suspend the strike was taken at the various unions’ congresses on Feb.9.

"The strike has been suspended and all the members of the three unions are back to their duty posts," he said.

Ogbusuo said the authorities had also commenced the payment of the outstanding arrears of the promotion and increment of the workers, as agreed at the Abuja meeting on February 4.

Also read: College of Education lecturers protest in Lagos

According to Ogbusuo, the unions hope the authorities will comply with resolutions signed in Abuja and complete the payment of the promotion arrears by the end of next month, as promised.

The three unions of the FCE, Akoka, on January 30, embarked on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike, due to the non-implementation of its demands by the college authorities.

The unions were demanding the arrears of their promotion and increment from October 2013 till date.

The three unions are the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), SSUCOEN and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), FCE(T), Akoka Chapter.

The unions had earlier issued the college authorities a 14-day ultimatum commencing from January 15, which elapsed on January 29, leading to the strike.

However, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau convened a meeting between the unions and college authorities, to resolve the dispute.


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