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ESUT workers demand recall of suspended labour leaders

Enugu — Workers of the Enugu State University of Technology, ESUT, have demanded the immediate recall of all union leaders suspended by the immediate past management of the university.

In a communique after its meeting in Enugu,  the Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions of ESUT demanded the official recall of the leaders without further delay.

N435m salary arrears

The workers also called on the Enugu State Government to hasten the release of the N435 million lifeline announced two months ago for the settlement of salary arrears owed them from August to October 2009.

The communique was signed by Agu Gab Agu, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Joe Asogwa, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Universities and Damian Ugwuoke, the Chairman of  the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The workers also appealed to the government to release the results of interviews conducted for filling the vacant positions of Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and Bursar.

According to the communique, the immediate filling of the positions will enable the institution to move forward in its pursuit of academic excellence.

It noted that all the university’s principal officers had been on acting capacity, a situation which did make room for stability.

The workers, however, criticised the approval of one year sabbatical leave each for the former Bursar and Registrar.

It will be recalled that the union leaders were suspended six months ago by the management under the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Chidoziem, before he was sacked.


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