Ikwo - The Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions at the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo, on Tuesday gave the state 21 days to reverse its new tax regime.
The Chairman of the committee, Greg Esheye, warned that an industrial action loomed unless the tax was reversed.
Esheye said the ultimatum which commenced on October 14 was part of resolutions at the congress held in the college.
He noted that other issues which the congress addressed included streamlining the condition of service for college staff, constitution of governing council for the institution and the introduction of pension and gratuity for its staff members.
Others were entrenchment of 65 years retirement age for lecturers as obtained in other institutions of higher learning in the country, payment of two years leave allowance owed to the staff members and payment of arrears of the new salary structure awarded to workers in November 2012.
According to Esheye, the new tax law which came into effect in September is outrageous and designed to impoverish the workers.
He said the new tax regime was increased by more than 500 per cent, noting that such development was capable of triggering industrial unrest in the institution.
“We took a survey of 22 federal and state colleges of education across the country and discovered that no college of education is paying the harsh tax regime.”
“Our colleagues in the Ebonyi State University resisted the tax law.”
“What we are saying is that the new tax regime is completely unacceptable and we reject it in its entirety,” Esheye said.