The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has commenced an indefinite strike over the failure of the government to implement new minimum wage.
The union said that the strike, which will lead to the shutdown of all activities in colleges of education in the country, was in accordance with the NLC’s directive.
COEASU National President, Comrade Nuhu Ogirima, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the union cannot fold its hands while the welfare of workers is neglected by the government.
Ogirima, who expressed concerns over the pathetic plight of colleges of education, said that COEASU joined the industrial action because it became evident that dialogue and diplomacy in resolving labour issues are not valued by government.
*Kogi NLC, TUC join strike
Workers in Kogi State drawn from the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Public Sector Joint Negotiating Council (PSJNC) have directed their members to proceed on one week warning strike declared by the national secretariats of their unions, to enforce the demand for a new minimum wage.
Statement issued on Wednesday in Lokoja by Comrade Onuh Edoka, Faniyi Olakunle, Ojo Ranti, Kolawole James Aaron Akeji and I. A. Abubakar, chairmen and secretaries of the unions, respectively, stated that organised labour in the state was monitoring events relating to the recent Paris Club refund to Kogi State government.
The unions said that they would set up a committee for the disbursement of the fund as obtained in other states.
They noted that the present strike action was occasioned by the non-commitment of the Federal government to actualize a new minimum wage for the workers.
“Comrades, this is to bring to your notice therefore, that sequel to the directive from the National Secretariat of NLC and TUC, the entire workers in the country will be proceeding on a seven days warning strike beginning from mid-night Wednesday 26th September 2018
“All workers, public and private sectors are hereby directed to stay at home within the stipulated period of the strike action and awaits further directive please,” the unions said.