Placard-carrying members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Calabar branch, on Wednesday staged a protest over the unpaid local entitlements spanning over six years.
The protest was led by the ASUU, UNICAL Chairman, Dr. John Edor.
“Our grievances are that for a number of years now members of ASUU, University of Calabar Chapter have been working and our entitlements have not been paid to us.
“Such entitlements include the teaching of GSS Courses, Graduate Thesis Supervision Allowance, CES Courses, Sandwich programmes, Pre-degree and promotion arrears. Some of our members had been employed and they commenced payment of their salaries but a backlog of their salaries is left unpaid and that is what we call salary arrears.
“Even if the federal government has refused to pay our salaries what we have earned which is not one, two, or three but some are running into five, six years should be immediately paid to us.
“We have been asking for our entitlements for long but the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded our vagaries and vicissitudes.
“The lockdown has made it impossible for us to go and source for other legitimate means of livelihood to feed our families.”
“no kobo will be lost. The peaceful protest will end only when every arrear is paid. They should not wait for us to cry again before our entitlements are paid.”