Staff of the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, have vowed not to return to work until the state government implements its recent agreement to pay part of the salaries owed workers.
The state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke had reportedly met with officials of CRUTECH branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, two weeks ago where he reportedly pleaded with them to suspend the over six months strike.
At the meeting, the governor reportedly agreed to offset part of their outstanding salaries.
Sources at the meeting told this Nigerian Pilot that Governor Imoke specifically agreed to pay December 2014 and January 2015 salaries to the striking workers as part of the bargain.
Based on the agreement, the striking workers reportedly suspended the strike, though they were said to have insisted not to resume duties until they were paid the agreed salaries.
It was further gathered that several weeks after the meeting, CRUTECH workers have still not been paid.
A staff of the institution who pleaded anonymity accused the Cross River government of insincerity and insensitive to their plight.
“We suspended the strike based on the agreement reached with government and we are still waiting for the state government to implement its own part of the bargain.”
He further said that “most CRUTECH staff travelled home due to the strike and need money to pay their fare back. As soon as we are paid the two months (December 2014 and January 2015) salaries government accepted to pay, we will resume duties.”
The chairman of the university branch of ASUU, Dr. Stephen Ochang who confirmed that the strike had been suspended, however declined further comments on the matter.

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