BARING government intervention, workers of the Akwa Ibom State University may embark on an indefinite strike following disagreement with the management of the institution over unpaid salary arrears and other allowances.
At a meeting convened by leaders of academic, non-academic staff and senior staff of the school our reporter gathered that, management of the varsity led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Peters, was given one week ultimatum to clear all arrears of salaries of staff employed since March last year, peculiar allowance of one year to all staff and refund of pension deductions of all the staff.
While also calling for the recognition of union activities on campus, the angry staff stressed on regular and prompt payment of salary to all workers as opposed to the current situation of getting one month salary at the end of every two or three months.
At the meeting the chairman of the Academic Staff Union, Dr. Joseph Okon and his non-academic counterpart, Mr. Idorenyin Johnny, recalled how an earlier strike action was averted courtesy of the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Unyime Usoro
Written by Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh Uyo
Culled from Guardian Newspaper