By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”MEMBERS of the Academic Staff Union of Nwafor Orizu College of Education have begun a seven-day warning strike to press home their demand for the payment of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutionsâ€™ Salary Structure (CONTISS) and liquidation of arrears of leave allowance for the years, 2001, 2002 and 2006.
Their other demands include payment of 121/2% and 15% respectively to workers and monetization of fringe benefits.
Chairman of the union, Mr Innocent Obidigbo,Â in a statement in Awka said the union took the strike option because of the reluctance of the state government to respond positively to their demands.
According to him,Â series of ultimatum had been given to the state government, recalling that there was a 21â€“day ultimatum that expired on May 18, 2009, a 14- day ultimatum that expired on June 8, 2009 and another seven-day ultimatum that expired on June 29,2009.
â€œAll these ultimatum were issued for government to redress the anomaly in the welfare package of the staff, who have been forgotten in all the welfare packages extended to the workers in the employment of Anambra State government,â€ he said.
The union said that it would direct its members to proceed on indefinite strike action at the end of the warning strike if government failed to address their grievances.