Academic staff in the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, have embarked on hunger strike to protest the non-payment of their salaries.
Academic and non-academic staff in the university are being owed four months salaries by the state government.
Other demands of the CRUTECH staff include the release of N350 million promised by the state government “for the NUC scheduled accreditation visit as well as the reduction in tax paid by the university workers.”
The chairman of university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr. Stephen Ochang disclosed that the union at its congress held in Calabar decided to embark on the action to draw government’s attention to their plight.
According to him, “Congress reviewed the situation in the Branch and condemned in very strong terms the nonpayment of salaries in the university for four months against the backdrop that civil/public servants have been paid up to date.”
Dr. Ochang disclosed that the CRUTECH branch of the union suspended its earlier strike as the state government had agreed to pay all arrears of salaries owed staff of the institution before May 29, 2015.
“Congress noted with disappointment government’s non-fulfilment of its own part of the agreement.”
The branch chairman called for the immediate payment of four months salary arrears owed academic staff in the university “to avert breakdown of industrial harmony.”
Ochang, however, disclosed that the hunger strike embarked on by CRUTECH academic staff “will last till when all our salary arrears are paid.”


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