The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has threatened to resume its two week suspended strike if the federal government failed to remit members’ salary deductions.
The union said it is “immoral, illegal and highly criminal” to withhold their salary deductions without remitting them to the appropriate body through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
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The National Vice President of COEASU, Olusegun Lana, gave the warning on Thursday while speaking to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
COEASU had suspended its two month old strike for 60 days to give the federal government the opportunity to implement some of the issues agreed on by the parties.
Lana said the national body of the union was in Ogun to resolve the lingering crisis between the lecturers of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) and the state government.
He said “We are warning the federal government to quickly do something about the challenges posed by IPPIS. The fact that the National Executive Council suspended the strike does not mean it is uhuru yet because IPPIS still remains a serious challenge to our system.
“As we speak, third party deductions, rightfully deducted from our salaries in federal colleges are still be withheld by IPPIS. This is not satisfactory, if you have paid net salaries, why are you withholding third party deductions?
“We are warning the federal government and the office of the Accountant General of the Federation to please do something urgently on this issue without further delay because it may threaten the peace that we just brokered with the federal government.”