Colleges of Education Lecturers Suspend Nationwide Strike

Colleges of Education Lecturers Suspend Nationwide Strike

Nigerian lecturers under the aegis of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union have suspended their ongoing strike for a period of 60 days, The PUNCH reports.

The decision was taken at the National Executive Council meeting which was held in Abuja.

The PUNCH reports that COEASU had embarked on a strike on June 10, 2022 in a bid to push forth its demands and seek a lasting solution to the challenges facing colleges of education in the country.

The union like the Academic Staff Union of Universities requested that the government adopt the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers.

“While appreciating critical stakeholders for their intervention and dogged commitment to the resolution of the strike, as evident in the enormous progress made at the ongoing negotiations and the appreciable level of progress made towards the amendment of the colleges of education amendment act which is paramount for the COE system.

“The NEC resolved that the nationwide strike action which commenced on June 10, 2022 be suspended for a cool-off period of 60 days to give government the opportunity to perfect the progress made so far into tangible achievements that are acceptable to the union after which the NEC shall reconvene to reassess the status of the issues and decide the way forward,” the union said in a statement signed by the general secretary, Dr Ahmed Lawan.

So far, only university-based unions have remained on strike.

As a follow out of the COEASU NEC Meeting of the Union at Abuja on 10th August, 2022, it was decided that the strike be suspended for 60days given the commitment of the government so far.
The Union will meet after 60days to assess the level of compliance on the understanding reached by the government and decide on the way forward to resume the strike on not.
In the light of the above, the Chapter Executive Council has called for a Congress on Tue. 16/08/2022 at Obasanjo Auditorium by 12noon to decide whether to continue the strike at the Chapter or not given the level of compliance to our local demands from the Management which includes and not limited to:
  • 1. 2021 last tranche of productivity allowance;
  • 2. the remaining 2021 part time long easy yet to be paid;
  • 3. none payment of four months salary of 2019 recruited academic staff;
  • 4. 2016 promotion arrears received by Management but not fully paid; and
  • 5. 2017 two steps promotion arrears

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