The Federal Government has re-affirmed its promise to amicably resolve the demand for pay rise by Unions in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education sub-sector without discrimination. This is as it assures that the same principles used in fixing the new pay package for University Unions will be adopted.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu stated these in Abuja at a meeting with the FGN/Unions in Polytechnics, Colleges of Education sub-sector negotiating teams. He explained that the National Salaries, Income and wages Commission had been directed to produce the new salary table for staff in the two sectors within the shortest possible time to allow for signing of an Agreement to that effect.
Dr. Egwu commended the maturity of the staff of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education for heeding government’s appeal which ensured that there was no much crises in their sectors while the ASUU strike lasted.
According to him, the government has kept faith with its earlier promise that the outcome of the negotiation with ASUU would be extended to the sectors, stressing that the action goes to show that it is not only by confrontation that Unions can negotiate to get something for their members.
He enjoined National Salaries and Wages Commission to handle the assignment with utmost seriousness, noting that the Union’s cooperation was not a mark of weakness and should not be taken for granted.