Reports coming in from Plateau state is indicating that the Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) are ready to embark on an indefinite strike which will affect all tertiary institutions in the state if the state government fails to meet the demands of the Union.

The Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) revealed their ultimatum in a letter which was addressed to the Head of Service in Plateau State.

According to the Union, the government has been making promises to fulfil their demands without taking any tangible step towards fulfilling the promises, hence, the union has decided that the next thing to do is to embark on an indefinite strike.

The letter which was dated April 10, was signed by the Chairman of the Union, Paul Dakogol and Secretary, Solomon Ayum; and it was addressed to the State’s Head of Service, Izang Azi. The letter was later released to journalists same day.

The letter dated April 10, entitled “Notice of Resumption of Indefinite Strike” was issued to journalists on Thursday in Jos the State capital on Thursday.

The union had earlier published a letter dated January 28, 2019, and addressed to the Head of Service. In the letter, the union had asked the government to address among other pertinent issues; the paucity of teaching and non-teaching staff at the various institutions, the delay in the release of subvention to the institutions, 24-months pension arrears for retired staff owed by government, payment of peculiarity allowances, exemption of the institutions from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the non-payment of two months outstanding salaries owed staff in 2011.

Below is an extract of the Strike Notice published by JUPTI;

“Arising from our meeting held April 10, JUPTI observed with concern the inability of the government to address issues raised in our letter dated January 28 and even emerging ones.

“Consequently, we hereby issue a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to address all the outstanding issues we have put before it.

“Failure to meet up with these demands, the union will be left with no option than resume our earlier suspended strike at the expiration of this ultimatum.”

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