UPNG lecturers plan protest today

By on January 31, 2017

Lecturers at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) have planned a protest against non-payment of a promised salary increase, The National (January 31) reports, and classes are expected to be disrupted as early as today.

National Academic Staff Association (NASA) president Emmanuel Gorea said the staffs were awarded a 7.5% increment in 2014 to be spread over 3 years. However, a 2.5% adjustment was only made in 2014. There has been nothing for 2015 or 2016.

Mr Gorea said attempts by the association to resolve the matter with the university has been unsuccessful, and now they were taking it a step further. He also said 90% of the lecturers had signed an agreement to withdraw their services yesterday afternoon.

“We deliberately pursued a strategy of dialogue and negotiations with all parties to get the matter resolved while we suffered silently.”

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Mr Gorea also said that while they are pursuing this action, they have not forgotten their responsibilities to the students. However, he said the university also had a responsibility toward them.

Meanwhile, non-academic staffs are expected to join the protest which would continue for a week and if not resolved by then, a decision would be made on the next course of action.                  


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