Members of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, of the Federal College of Education, FCE, Pankshin in Plateau State, have shelved their planned strike over non-payment of their promotion arrears.
COEASU had penultimate week given the college deadline to pay its members accrued promotion arrears since 2013 or face an indefinite strike.
But the union changed its mind towards the strike following the intervention of its national body, which directed the chapter to stay action to enable it find a solution to the matter.
Mr. Emmanuel Hambe, the chairman of the college’s chapter of the union, told newsmen in Jos yesterday that the planned strike had been shelved.
“We have decided to stand down the strike, which is expected to commence last Monday, May 11, 2015, because of the national body’s intervention.
“The national body prevailed on us to stay action pending its investigations, since we are not the only college affected by the non-payment of the promotion arrears, “ he said.
Hambe said union was trying to find out where the fault lies; “ if it is with the Ministry of education, better, but if it is with the college authorities, then we shall definitely embark on strike as earlier planned.”
The chairman called on his colleagues to exercise some patience as the national body is on top of the matter.
Responding, Prof David Wonang, provost of the college who expressed happiness over the development, described it as a “welcome development.”

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