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Union suspends industrial action

12 May 2015, 12:17

Pankshin - The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), FCE Pankshin in Plateau, on Monday suspended its planned strike over non-payment of promotion arrears for its members.

COEASU had given the college two weeks to pay its accrued over two years promotion arrears or face an indefinite strike.

But the union changed its mind on the strike following intervention by its national body.

It had directed the chapter to stay action, to enable it to find out the reasons for the delay in the payment.

Emmanuel Hambe, the College Chairman, said in Pankshin that the planned strike had been suspended.

"We have decided to stand down the strike, which is expected to commence today (May 11) because of the national body’s intervention.

"The national body prevailed on us to stay action pending its investigations, since we are not the only college affected by the non-payment of the promotion arrears," he said.

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Hambe said the union was trying to find out where the fault came.

"If it is with the Ministry of Education, better; but if it is with the college authorities, then we shall definitely embark on strike as earlier planned."

The chairman called on his colleagues to exercise some patience as the national body was on top of the matter.

Responding, Prof David Wonang, Provost, FCE Pankshin, expressed happiness over the development.

"To us in the college, the intervention of COEASU national body is a thing of joy and as our students can now continue with their normal academic activities uninterrupted," the provost said.

Wonang said that non-payment of the promotion arrears was a national challenge but that "we are not relenting in trying to see that the arrears are paid in due course."



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