The Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Establishments (JUPTI) has appealed to the state authorities to resolve the lingering points which have led to the continuing strike motion throughout all establishments underneath the union, vowing to not resume work if the problems aren’t resolved.
JUPTI stated their members are being owed 25 p.c of withheld Treasury Single Account funds, totaling N460 million since 2016.
The union equally stated its members are struggling non-implementation of CONTEDISS peculiar allowance as contained within the settlement reached between JUPTI and the federal government, that are amongst different points which have continued to linger.
DAILY POST recollects that JUPTI has declared a strike which has been on for 2 weeks now and has disrupted tutorial actions in state-owned tertiary establishments throughout the state.
Briefing journalists in Jos, the state capital, Chairman of JUPTI, Comrade Sunoe Longbaam, stated, “Once more we’re nervous by the way during which the federal government, by means of a few of its businesses and departments are attending to our correspondence. A scenario the place our reminders and notices aren’t responded to by places of work the place such letters are addressed requires concern.
“We’re law-abiding unions and can’t simply watch whereas some officers in authorities toy with tertiary training within the state.”
In accordance with him, “When the difficulty was resolved with the federal government in 2016, it was agreed that Ministry of Finance ought to liaise with the bursars of the state-owned tertiary establishments to work out modalities for the discharge of the funds to respective establishments however it’ll curiosity you to know that 4 years after the settlement, no any motion or efforts to meet the settlement on the a part of Ministry of Finance or Accountant Normal workplace regardless of quite a few reminders by the union”.
On the non-implementation of the peculiar allowance as contained within the settlement for the implementation of CONTEDISS; the union stated, “This situation has lingered for therefore lengthy even after the monetary implication was despatched to Authorities as demanded.
“The Union once more wrote to Authorities in our letter dated twenty eighth February 2020 reminding Authorities that our members are but to take pleasure in this allowance with the peculiar nature of the duties we carry out and these have significantly affected the morale of our members.”
He nevertheless stated, “In a reply to our letter dated ninth March 2020, the federal government famous the priority raised by Union and pleaded for extra time because the negotiation of the Nationwide Minimal Wage was ongoing. Surprisingly on implementation of the Nationwide Minimal Wage, all efforts to make sure that the 5% peculiar allowance is captured together with the desk show abortive.
“It is a subsistence allowance authorised by our supervisory physique and we’re conscious this has been absolutely applied in our sister establishments.”
Talking on the non-payment of 24 months pension arrears of retirees of tertiary establishments, the JUPTI chairman stated, “It was resolved that the 24 months Pension Arrears of Retirees of Tertiary Establishments be, settled inside the shortest doable time however regrettably the matter continues to be unresolved”.
On the deconsolidation of wage construction of tertiary establishments by the state Ministry of Finance, Longbaam defined that “In the course of the implementation of the Nationwide Minimal Wage within the state, it’s regrettable from nowhere; our hitherto Consolidated Wage Construction was deconsolidated at wage preparation level with out regard to our peculiarity.
“All efforts to have this corrected even with the settlement reached to that impact in June 2021, has not yielded any end result.”
In accordance with him, “The deconsolidation of the Wage Construction of Tertiary Establishments is a violation of the regulation and round Ref. SWC/S/04/S.80/228 dated 12 March 2010 and round Ref. SWC.04/Vol.X/734 dated 14th November 2019 on account of the consequential adjustment of the Nationwide Minimal Wage.
“The Union recollects that the State Authorities by means of a round dated seventeenth March 2020 Ref. HCS/S/ALL/2/XX authorised the implementation of the Nationwide Minimal Wage and the Consolidated Wage Construction for Tertiary Establishments within the
“The query is who tempered and cut up the consolidated wage construction of Tertiary Establishments into totally different elements?”
Talking on the continued withholding of wage deductions by the state authorities, Longbaam stated, “We now have noticed in latest months that Authorities releases wage with out deductions and these conditions have continued to linger for too lengthy.
“We’re nervous as a result of it’s affecting our Cooperative, Nationwide Housing Funds in addition to our Union actions.
“About 75% of employees salaries are been withheld for months not minding the truth that these are deductions instantly from employees salaries for Cooperative, Nationwide Housing Funds, and Union Examine-Off Dues. These deductions particularly the cooperative financial savings are meant for funding and rapid wants of employees which we anticipate.”
He added that the federal government is supposed to encourage the behavior of financial savings, however as a substitute, they’re “holding greater than half of our employees month-to-month salaries within the guise of scarce assets”.
On the enrollment of JUPTI members and their spouses into the Plateau State Well being Insurance coverage Scheme (PLASCHEMA), the Union stated, “Sadly, throughout the enrollment train all employees had been captured no matter whether or not the employees has already been enrolled underneath his/her partner or each spouses work in the identical organisation or with the identical authorities, had been compulsorily enrolled.
“It ought to be famous that PLASCHEMA had been deducting cash from employees salaries for a interval of 9) months with out corresponding advantages from the well being scheme.”
JUPTI calls on the federal government to keep up the cordial relationship that had existed prior to now and reciprocate the sort gesture and understanding the union has proven in making an attempt to resolve the lingering points.
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