Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Begins One-Month Strike

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, better known as COEASU, has declared a four-week strike in response to the FG’s apparent refusal to resolve concerns.

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) National Executive Council (NEC) has declared a one-month strike, which will begin on Tuesday, June 14th.

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Following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to government on the lingering issues of industrial concerns, the Union made the decision following a meeting on Friday, June 10, at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, to assess the level of the federal government’s response to its requests.

COEASU President Dr. Smart Olugbeko and General Secretary Dr. Ahmed Bazza Lawan issued a press release announcing the strike.

“The Union’s entire strike action, which was stopped in December 2018, will be restarted immediately for four weeks in the first instance,” according to the statement. After four weeks of strike action, the NEC will reassemble to assess the amount of the government’s commitment to the concerns and make an appropriate decision on the next steps.

“Every Chapter Congress across the federation should gather on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, to appropriately notify the Congress on the initiation of the strike action owing to the festering concerns and the status of inactivity leading to the industrial action.”

Union officials at all levels (national, zonal, and chapter) should begin an intensive media effort to enhance public awareness of the concerns that have prompted the strike action.”

“Without exception, all members of the academic staff in all Colleges of Education (both Federal and State) must resign from all statutory tasks.”

“All State-owned Colleges that are already on strike to pound home local demands should impress on their respective managements that if their local difficulties are not resolved by the end of the countrywide strike, the local strike will continue.”

Vice Presidents/Zonal Coordinators shall monitor Chapter compliance in their respective Zones, and defaulting Chapters shall be barred from reaping the benefits of the struggle and shall incur other sanctions as NEC shall deem applicable based on normal Union regulations pertaining to Collective Bargaining.”

Meanwhile, since February, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on indefinite strike.

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