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Strike: JUPTI leaders reject committee chairman

16 March 2013, 13:18

Jos - The Joint Union of Plateau-Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) on Friday rejected the nine-member State Executive Committee set up by the state government to look into the grievances of striking workers.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Mr Victor Dawurung, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.

The union had declared an indefinite strike on 21 February over unresolved issues between it and the state government.

It listed areas of disagreement to include three months outstanding salary, 65 years retirement age, unpaid allowances and the non-implementation of the new salary structure for tertiary institutions.

According to the statement, the union rejected the committee because it is made up of government appointees without  other stakeholders.

It stated that the new committee would not replace the already existing channel for negotiations headed by the Head of Civil Service.

"Setting up one committee after another would not only delay the resolution of the issues but toy with the fate of thousands of innocent students who are paying the price by being forced to stay at home."

"We are disappointed with the one month period given for the submission of the report on a matter that requires urgent attention.

"Our disagreements have lingered for more than two years now and government is asking a committee to submit its report in one month on the same issue before it.

" We are concerned that this is a deliberate ploy to prolong the crises," the statement said.


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