The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU has directed its members to work for only two days a week, until the federal government yields to its demand for a 200% salary increase following the difficulty of its members to get to work as a result of the hike in the price of petrol.
In a release after its extra-ordinary executive meeting, COEASU President, Smart Olugbeko said the over 250 percent hike in Petrol prices increased the price of food transportation and other services is a huge challenge for its members.
COEASU expressed concern that salaries were last increased in Colleges of Education in 2010, when a litre of fuel was between 65 and 70.
The Union described as ridiculous, the government’s avoiding the negotiation table, after it proposed a 35% salary increase against 200% put forward by organised labour.
COEASU warns that if something urgent is not done, Nigerian students will end up bearing the brunt as semesters will because longer in the face of the shortened work schedule of lecturers.