Plateau tertiary institutions call off 7-week-old strike

The Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institution (JUPTI), on Monday, called off its seven weeks old strike.

It was gathered that the workers had embarked on the strike on April 23, over alleged poor funding of the seven tertiary institutions.

The workers also wanted improved infrastructure, exemption from Treasury Single Account (TSA), the recruitment of more personnel, among other demands.

JUPTI chairman Paul Dakogol, who announced the suspension of the action at a news conference on Monday in Jos, said that government had addressed some of its demands.

“The state government has been able to address some of the issues that informed the strike. Last week, the union and the government entered into an agreement on issues that cannot be addressed immediately.

“The issues addressed included the payment of monies withheld over the ‘No-Work-No-Pay policy, and outstanding arrears to retirees and families of deceased colleagues.

“Government has also paid check-up dues, deductions for cooperative bodies, and also remitted gratuity for the months of February and March, 2019,” he said.

He regretted that recruitments were last carried out in 2006, saying that the strength of teaching and non-teaching staff was not commensurate with the population of the students.

Dakogol said that the progress in the negotiation with the state government and the agreement signed on 14 June to fulfill other promises, prompted the decision to call off the strike.

He, however, warned that the union would not hesitate to take further actions if the finance ministry violated the terms of agreement in funding the institutions.

“The education sector has suffered neglect for a long time. We are no longer prepared to accept that,” he said

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