University Students Suffer FWSC Insensitivity

Normally, it is the students in the public universities who endure the pain whenever lecturers and staff members embark on an industrial action to ask for their demands simply because the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission [FWSC] has failed to address the genuine concerns of the Teachers and Educational Worker’s Union [TEWU].

The General Secretary of TEWU, Rapheal A. Apaaya, said, the Union has resolved to embark on this strike in relation to the distortions, disparities and widening salary gap between Junior and Senior staff of the Public Universities as a result of the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure in 2010.

He said the Union has gone through worries and frustrations with Fair Wages and Salaries Commission since the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.

Mr. Apaaya noted that the general dissatisfaction by members of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) resulted in the formation of a committee to review and make recommendations on the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.

According to him, the fallout from the committee’s report revealed that there was a real gap between the Junior and Senior staff that needed to be bridged among other things.

Unfortunately, he said, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission failed to act upon the committee’s recommendations, after accepting that the Union’s concerns were genuine, therefore they embarked on a strike action in September 2013.

He added that Fair Wages and Salaries Commission have not been fair with the Union and have failed to carry out its part of the agreement after the submission of the committee’s report since June 2015.

Mr. Apaaya recounted that the Union held a press conference on the 10th of December 2015 giving Fair Wages and Salaries Commission up to December 2015 ending to implement the said decision.

“As we speak today, 15th January, 2016 these decisions have not been implemented by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission leaving us with no option than to advise ourselves,” he intimated.

On the basis of the above, the National Union (TEWU) called on its rank and file in the Public Universities to lay down their tools which started on Monday 18th January 2016 until further notice.


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