Lecturers at tertiary establishments owned by the Plateau authorities have threatened an indefinite strike over non-payment of salaries.
The lecturers, underneath the auspices of the Joint Union of Educational Employees of Plateau-owned Tertiary Establishments (JUASPTI), additionally accused the state authorities of failing to honor agreements reached with the union.
Lawam Deban, the president of JUASPTI, made the risk at a press convention on Friday in Jos.
“If the federal government doesn’t meet our calls for, the union will declare an indefinite strike on December 31.
“We signed an settlement with the Authorities on August 23, which led to the suspension of the strike that we began on June 17.
“Sadly, the Authorities didn’t fulfill its obligation within the areas of non-implementation of the arrears for promotion from 2021 to 2022.
“It has additionally failed within the space of non-implementation of third-party deductions from August thus far and irregular fee of salaries,” he claims.
Mr. Deban stated that the union wrote two letters to the state authorities on November 10 and December 5, with no constructive response.
“Involved in regards to the irregular fee of wages, now we have written two totally different letters to the Authorities through which we clearly acknowledged that we won’t be able to ensure industrial concord if it doesn’t honor the settlement.
“However it’s apparent that the state authorities doesn’t need to stroll the road of honor.
“As a union, we gave it sufficient consideration and respect, however it did not reciprocate by rejecting some points of the settlement.
“So we could have no selection however to withdraw our companies if the federal government doesn’t honor the August 23 settlement earlier than December 31,” he stated.