The Joint Union of Academic Staff of Plateau State-Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUASPTI) has expressed concern over what it termed the failure of the state government to fulfil some of its agreements signed with the union nine months ago.
The union also threatened that if its concerns are not addressed its members will have no option but to embark on strike action.
JUASPTI made its declarations via a statement issued in Jos, the state capital, and jointly signed by its chairman, Lawan Tobias Deban, and secretary, Dakyen Mark Makmis.
The statement reads: “You may recall that on 23rd August 2022, JUASPTI signed an agreement with the Plateau State Government on ‘Employment, Promotion, and Other Related Matters’ leading to the suspension of JUASPTI’s strike action. Currently, only a few of the items have been implemented, with a handful touching on the direct benefit and welfare of our members still being ignored.
“In specific terms, the non-implementation of the 2021 and 2022 promotion arrears has created a lot of agitation amongst our members. We are saddened by the fact that after several assurances of its implementation, including requesting our institutions to provide the financial implications since last year, nothing has gone beyond merely postponed promises.
The refusal to pay third-party deductions that the government had agreed to pay simultaneously with salaries also leaves much discontent amongst our members.
“JUASPTI is regrettably further interrogating the non-refunds of PLASCHEMA deductions, which the government had agreed to do so last year, and has remained mute about its agreement to constitute a board before the end of December 2022.
“The government also agreed to administratively handle the decentralisation of salaries at the respective institutions, but that still remains a mirage. It is on this note that if the necessary steps are not taken to address the issues, JUASPTI shall have no option but recourse to return to our earlier suspended strike action on Wednesday, 17th May 2023.”
JUASPTI also added: “In particular, the non-payment of salaries since February 2023 to members has brought untold hardship on them and their families.”