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We’re Not intimidated About ‘No Work No Pay Policy’ – COEASU

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, has said it would not be intimidated by the no work no pay policy of the Nigerian government.

National President of COEASU, Nuhu Ogirima, in a statement released in Abuja, called on its members across the country to prepare for a prolonged battle.

“As we conclude the first phase of the national strike, we urge you all to be not distracted by the intimidation and threat of no work no pay. The threat should rather strengthen our resolve that enough is enough of exploitative work. It’s no pay no work! So, do brace up for a prolonged battle – it is a no retreat no surrender action, for if we refused to stand for COE system now, we may not get it right again.”

The union leader further described the no work no pay policy as grandstanding, and a mark of insensitivity and irresponsibility towards the law abiding labour force of the country. According to him, lecturers in colleges of education have been receiving fractional and mutilated salaries for years in all federal colleges of education, especially because of the non-inclusion of PAA.

“Where salaries are paid, it is the cooperative societies’ membership subscriptions and Unions’ dues that are being used to service/augment government allocation for salaries. So, if we didn’t threaten government no pay no work, why would government threaten us with no work no pay because we’re now requesting government to pay us full salary, by the strike,” he questioned.

He noted that there has not been any commensurate adjustment in salary since the pump price of fuel was unadjusted astronomically, adding that “We’ve never been more impoverished than now, it has been exploitation galore for this administration, I dare say”.

 


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