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FTCSSA President Suspended

FTCSSA President Suspended

As the polytechnic sit-down strike continues full swing, two striking lecturers of the Freetown Teachers College are reported to have been suspended.

The suspended lecturers are, the President of the Freetown Teachers College Senior Staff Association,(FTCSSA), Philip Max-Gorvie who doubles as the Public Relations Officer for the National Polytechnic Senior Staff Association (NAPSSA) and Mohamed Shaw who is the Secretary-General of FTCSSA.

It is not yet clear why the two lecturers have been suspended during the strike action but other NAPSSA executive members have alleged that the suspension of their two colleagues is not unconnected to their involvement in the ongoing sit-down strike for conditions of service.

In a communiqué dated 29th June, 2013 and addressed to the Chairmen of all polytechnic councils, NAPSSA has vowed that the ongoing strike action will continue until their two suspended colleagues are reinstated.

NAPSSA has also demanded that the implementation date of the newly harmonized salary scale for polytechnics be the same as the implementation date of the revised and harmonized conditions of service which is 1st January, 2013. NAPSSA has further demanded that salaries for June, 2013, to all senior staff in the polytechnics be paid without any attachment and that the ex-gratia payment is staggered to benefit lecturers who serve between 10 to twenty years.

It could be recalled that on the 17th June, this year, lecturers of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in Freetown, the Eastern Polytechnic in Kenema, the Northern Polytechnic in Makeni, the Freetown Teachers College at Jui and the Port Loko Teachers College went on a sit down strike in protest against irregular and appalling conditions of service.

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