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ESUT workers suspend strike

By Tony Edike

Enugu – The  industrial action embarked upon by labour unions in Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) since June 1 this year to demand  for conducive and enabling working environment for workers was yesterday, suspended following an understanding reached with the state government.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) ESUT Chapter had declared an indefinite strike following a disagreement with the Prof Ikechukwu Chidobem-led management over their outstanding entitlements and improved  welfare, which paralyzed activities in the institution since the past three months.

Chairman of ASUU, Agu Gab Agu, who announced suspension of the strike yesterday, said although the numerous problems which forced them on strike had not been fully addressed, the labour leaders decided to call the workers back to work,  in appreciation of the interventions by some eminent personalities in the matter.

“You will recall that since June 1, 2009 we have been on strike against the management’s inability or refusal to provide a conducive and enabling environment for workers to discharge their duties. These problems have not been fully addressed as I speak with you.

However, because of the intervention of well meaning members of the society starting  from Chief Nnia Nwodo, Bishop Olisa Chukwuma, through the present proactive and responsive Commissioner for Education, Dr. Festus Uzor and finally the Hilltop Club 1972 represented by Dr. Chilo Offiah, Commodore J.N.J. Aneke and Prof. Ifudu, we the Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions on Campus have decided to suspend the local strike action,” he said.


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