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Plateau workers suspend strike

14 May 2013, 10:03

Jos- Striking workers of Plateau State owned tertiary institutions on Monday suspended their three months old strike.

The Chairman, Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI), Mr Victor Dawurung, announced the suspension  in Jos at a news conference.

He said that suspension of the strike was necessitated by a written commitment, obtained by the union from the state's Head of Service (HOS), Mr Ezekiel Dalyop.

``We had four hours deliberations with the head of service, who gave us a written commitment to look into our demands administratively while negotiations continue.

``With the written commitment, we believe something tangible will come up at the end of our negotiations with the  government, `` he said.

Dawurung said that congresses would be held in the respective tertiary institutions to brief members on the outcome and for them to resume work with immediate effect.

He said that discussions with the government would continue toward addressing their demands.

``By this suspension, we are going back to our offices to resume work, pending the amicable resolution of our grievances, `` he said.

The state's Commissioner for Information, Abraham Yiljap, who attended the briefing, described the decision of the striking workers as ``very commendable`` and a welcome development.

``This is exactly what the government has been asking for; we can now sit down on a round table to iron out issues as expected,'' he said.

Yiljap promised that government would go into the discussion with `open heart’ to trash out the issues at stake and promote industrial harmony and educational development in the state.



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