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Kwara reaches agreement with striking tertiary workers

14 January 2016, 08:05Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Staff unions of the three Kwara State-owned Colleges of Education have reached an agreement with the state government to suspend the strike action workers embarked on.

The colleges are in Ilorin, Oro and Lafiagi where workers are demanding improved conditions. 

State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Amina Ahmed, confirmed the breakthrough.

Ahmed said the unions’ officials were expected to meet their members with a view to endorsing the agreement for the suspension of strike action so that academic activities will resume on the campuses next Monday. 

The unions include the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN).

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Ahmed said the decision to end the  industrial action was reached following government announcement it would release two-month salary arrears to workers of the three colleges.

He said according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the unions and the state government, the striking staff of the colleges would receive their salary arrears for the months of September to November by Monday.

"No union leader or member shall be victimised on account of the industrial action,” Ahmed said.

The commissioner added that it was also agreed that all backlog of salaries owed the workers from April to July 2015 would be taken care of when the expected bail-out fund promised by the Federal Government is received by the state government.

The government appreciated the workers for their peaceful conduct during the strike action.

- CAJ News


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