NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has faulted the planned abolition of Education Tax and Education Trust Fund, ETF, saying the fund remains one of the strongest and viable sources of fund to the education sector in the face of governmentâ€™s continued indifference to funding educational activities.
Leaders of NLC at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC meeting in Akure, Ondo state, argued that Education Tax and ETF, were products of the prolong struggle by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and other unions in the tertiary education sector; namely Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.
A communique at the end of the meeting, said: â€œNEC-in-session also discussed the proposed abolition of Education Tax and Education Trust Fund and expressed its total opposition to the proposal on the ground that Education Tax and Education Trust Fund were products of the prolong struggle by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions in the tertiary education sector; namely NASU and SSANU.
NEC notes that the Education Trust Fund and education tax combine to be one of the strongest and viable sources of fund to the education sector in the face of governmentâ€™s continued indifference to funding educational activities. NEC resolved that Congress is totally opposed to any plan to scrap education tax and the Education Trust Fund because such steps are capable of further deepening the crisis in the education sector.
SSANIP suspends strike
MEMBERS of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics across the country, have suspended their industrial action for the next two weeks to enable stakeholders address their grievances.
AlreadyÂ the Federal Government has put in placeÂ measures to address their grievances, but also the balance of monetisation arrears may be paid any moment from now.
Labour Vanguard gathered that the decision to call off their industrial action followed a meeting held under the auspices of Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, last week with Ministry of Education in attendance, SSANIP members were also assured thatÂ the implementation of the 53.37 percent pay increase agreed with government since last year and the arrears would be effected as soon as the supplementary budge is passed while 65 years retirement age for members would be pursued vigorously.
Members of SSANIP had on Monday 12th July, 2010., embarked on a nationwide industrial actionÂ home their demand for payment of balance monetisation, implementation of Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure, CONTEDISS, and adoption of 65yrs as retirement age for non-teaching staff in the Polytechnics as reflected in the 2001 re-negotiated agreement with the Federal Government.
NASU accuses SSUCOEN poaching
NON-ACADEMICÂ StaffÂ Union ofÂ Educational and Associated Institutions, NSAU, has accused Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria, SSUCOEN, in collaboration with the Committee of Registrars of poachingÂ NASU members in Colleges of Education.
Leaders of NASU in the Colleges of Education and other Trade Group, at their meeting held at College of Education, Jalingo, Taraba State, said: â€œThe Council-in-Session noted with great displeasure the antics of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) in collaboration with the Committee of Registrars to poach NASU members in Colleges of Education where they exist.
Council wish to draw the attention of SSUCOEN and the Committee of Registrars to the existence of the Trade Union Amendment (Act) 2005 which allows every worker to choose the Union he or she wishes to belong to; Council therefore sounds a note of warning to the two bodies i.e. SSUCOEN and Committee of Registrars that any reported attempt toÂ compel NASU members into joining SSUCOEN will jeopardize the prevailing industrial harmony in such institution..â€
NLC rejects Electricity tariffâ€™s hike, VAT
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has rejected the hike in Electricity Tariff and planned to increase the Value Added Tax, VAT.
Leaders of NLC in a communique at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC meeting in Akure, Ondo state, said the â€œNEC-in session noted the recent increase in electricity tariffs and expressed its disapproval of the policy and called on government to immediately abolish same as the increment was done unilaterally by government without due consultation of stakeholders in the country. In the same spirit, NEC called on government not to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) as is being contemplated and in view of the agreement it reached with Labour in 2007 that brought to an end a nationwide General Strike over VAT increment among two other issues.â€
…frowns at Degree/ HND dichotomy
Degree/HND Dichotomy: NEC-in-session frowned at the renewed effort by the Federal Government to re-introduce the dichotomy between degree holders and their counterparts with HND. NEC-in-Session feels that the economy will not benefit from this unnecessary distinction and calls for the maintenance of the previous parity position which the government under former President Olusegun ObasanjoÂ had instituted, which wasÂ meant to address the unhelpful dichotomy and which removed the barrier restricting their progression in the civil service.