Jos - Workers in Plateau State owned tertiary institutions have embarked on indefinite strike as negotiations between the government and its union failed to yield result.
Victor Dawurang, Chairman of the Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI), made this known in Jos on Wednesday.
He said the union had given the State Government one week in January to look into their grievances.
He said the institutions were inadequately funded and had no subventions to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
He said the union had several talks with government for illegally tampering with salary structure, non implementation of seven per cent peculiar academic allowance and 27 months areas of the new salary structure.
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He said the one week given to government in January to address the issue elapsed on Tuesday.
"The Head of Service, Ezekiel Dalyop, promised that at least the 65-year retirement age, irrespective of number of years in service and the seven per cent academic allowance and two per cent non- teaching allowance would be implemented,” he said.
Dawurang said he was surprised that none of the issues were addressed till the grace period lapsed.
He said the same issues were also tabled in 2013 and they gave the government 20 months grace which they also failed to comply with.
Students in Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos and Barkin Ladi campuses were in the premises without taking lectures.
Security personnel were also seen at the Jos main campus.