The College of Health Technology in Cross River State has embarked on a one-week warning strike over the suspension of the Consolidated Polytechnic and Colleges of Education and Academic Salary Structure by the state government.
The suspension, which led to the workers’s strike, has been told by the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Mr Bright Ewona, that it was an “unwarranted” action.
Mr Bright Ewona, in an interview with the press, said that the suspension of the Consolidated Polytechnic and Colleges of Education and Academic Salary Structure was the least expection of what the state government could have done.
He commented that the salary structures were approved by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission in 2010 and implemented in 2011 for all Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Health Technology in Nigeria.
He added that the salary structures got an approval by Gov. Ayade Sept 2018 after they were denied during the national implementation. He considered the suspension as a wicked act that has no basics to prove or explain the reasons the state government did it.
“While other institutions of the same cadre, both at federal and state level were enjoying the scale, Cross River College of Health Technology was denied the benefit for over seven years.
“Kudos to Governor Ben Ayade who saw the pain in our hearts and granted approval for the implementation of the structure for the college in September 2018.
“The college in its magnanimity conceded the arrears as part of its sacrifice and contributions for the support and promotion of this administration.
“The sudden withdrawal of these structures from the college in November 2019 after the re-accreditation of the college and its programmes by the National Board for Technical Education and the various professional bodies is therefore highly unfortunate, disappointing, and demotivating to the entire college community.”
The Chairman thereby, said they tried their best to give the state government ultimatum to restore the structures back but since the state government could not respond, the workers had to go on a warning strike and for a week and after a week, if nothing is done, they will proceed to the next step.
“Having exhausted all avenues, including the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum, we ask our members to withdraw their services for one week beginning from November 23 to 29.
“Thereafter, unions would decide the next action to take according to labour demands if the government fails to restore the payment of the CONPCASS and CONTEDISS salary structures in the college.”