*As negotiations with government suffers setback
Joint Action Committee of tertiary institutions in Kogi state says the extension of the date for the release of screening appeal report by government is a setback to the earlier collective bargains with government.
In a communiqué jointly signed by it’s chairman and Secretary, Comrade Moses Balogun and Comrade Awodi Joel said their is need for JAC and government to meet possibly on Tuesday, 4th April 2017 in view of other pressing issues.
They berated the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Sunday Tolorunleke, for omitting several issues deliberated upon noting that the governing councils may not attend to issues outside the agreed negotiations.
“JAC has observed with total dismay that, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in his letter to the various Governing Councils has omitted several issues agreed upon during our recent negotiation, that are peculiar to Tertiary Institutions. The implication is that, the Governing Councils may not attend to issues outside the content of the letter”.
“Government should make sure that no staff is unjustly declared as “diaspora” or “absconding” Workers” the communiqué added.
The Joint Action reiterating its position that, since the “uncleared” staff member have not been disengaged and had worked assiduously, they deserve to be paid.
They however noted that anyone found to have defrauded the government should be prosecuted.
JAC advised government to respect the deadline of 16th April, 2017 to substantiate the claim of excess tax deduction.
“All tax matters should be resolved between 1st and 16th April, 2017 as agreed” the communiqué read.
Kogi state government has for sometime been confronted with a deep rooted labour crisis that is seemingly not coming to an end. How this will end remains a major conjecture for pundits and analysts of the labour health of the north central state.