Colleges Of Education Academic Staff Embark On Four-Week Strike

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has embarked on a four-week strike over the non-implementation of the federal government’s agreement.

COEASU president, Smart Olugbeko, said this in a communiqué jointly signed by Ahmed Bazza, the union’s general secretary, on Tuesday in Abuja.

“NEC shall reconvene after the four weeks of strike action to re-assess the level of government’s commitment on the issues for appropriate decision on the way forward thenceforth,” Mr Olugbeko said.

He noted that the union took the resolution at the end of its NEC meeting held at Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State.

Mr Olugbeko said the meeting was called to assess the level of responsible action by the federal government and the way forward upon the lapse of the 21-day ultimatum issued by the union on the lingering issues of the industrial concern.

“Leadership of the union at all levels (National, Zonal and Chapter) should embark on an emphatic media campaign towards seamless public awareness on the issues leading to the strike action.

“The strike action shall be total, and all members of the academic staff in all Colleges of Education (both Federal and State) must withdraw from all statutory duties without exemption,” he said.

The union demands include non-commencement of renegotiation of FGN-COEASU 2010 Agreement, non-release of N15 billion and N18 billion revitalisation fund.

Others are non-implementation of the 2014 Needs Assessment Report, payment of promotion arrears, payment of allowance to librarians, andNimplementation of the consequence of the implementation of CONTISS15 on lower cadres.

Others are also poor funding and conditions across state-owned Colleges of Education, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and refusal to mainstream demonstration school staff on the payroll of the colleges.

“Defaulting chapters shall be prevented from enjoying the gains of the struggle and earn themselves other sanctions.

“As NEC shall deem applicable based on normal Union regulations pertaining to Collective Bargaining,” he added.

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