Tuesday, May 20, 2014 3:43 pm
Ilorin – Workers at the three Kwara State owned Colleges of Education on Tuesday suspended their six-week industrial action called by Committee of Unions of Tertiary Institutions (CUTI).
CUTI Chairman, Malam Shehu Sanni, announced the suspension of the strike in Ilorin at the end of the congress of the union held at the College of Education, Ilorin.
He said the strike was suspended for three weeks to allow for negotiations between the union and the state government.
The chairman, therefore, directed all members of the three unions under CUTI to return to work immediately.
Sanni said members of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) met to take the decision.
The CUTI chairman said the union decided to suspend the six-week strike due to the intervention of Senator Bukola Saraki and Global Peace Movement.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CUTI executive had met with the former governor on Saturday, May 16.
Sanni said the Senator appealed to them to go back to work to allow for negotiation and promised that nobody would be victimised as a result of the strike.
He expressed optimism that government would come up with its recommendations at the end of the three weeks the suspension would last.
NAN recalls that CUTI had called its members to embark on the strike on April 7 over eight-point demand by the workers.
The demands were infrastructural decay in the colleges, computation of retirement benefits by 100 per cent CONPCASS/CONTEDISS and migration of officers between CONTISS 1-11.
Others include 65 years retirement age for non teaching staff, the issue of TETFUND and composition of governing council in line with the edict of 2013.