By: Mark N. Mengonfia
University of Liberia Faculty Association, (ULFA) hasdecided to go-slow andresolved to lay down their chalks against salary delay by government. This is not the first time for government officials to go slow on salary issues.
ULFA in a release issued on Wednesday said thatthey will not teach until their one month arrear is immediately paid before resuming classes.
They call onfaculty toimmediately disengage from teaching until the one month (September) arrear is paid and that hereafter, the University of Liberia administration should pay salary on or before the thirty day of each month.
The decision follows a unanimous agreement in meeting held on Wednesday, October 16, following complaints from several faculty members that they are yet to receive pay since the month of September.
ULFA general assembly brought together one hundred and twenty one members who had a heated dialogue before the resolution was reached to drop their chalks.
The University has also stated that it is open to dialogue and will continue to take constructive steps that will be in the interest of its members.
ULFA further informed the public that instructors were engaged by UL Vice President for Fiscal Affairs that the payment for September has already been submitted for processing to Ecobank and payment in faculty accounts will commence on Friday, October 18 or latest Monday, October 21.
The instructors raised concern that previous salary payment dates were not honored by the UL Administration and as such they remain resolute to put down their chalk until payment to their individual accounts can be made possible.
However, the Director of UL Relation, Jani Jallah Kollie saidviamobile phone Thursday, that the university through the VPFA assured ULFA that they will be paid no later than Monday, October 21.
She indicated thatpayment has already begun and there was a bridge in communication between ULFA leadership and members because it was discussed and agreed and ULFA did not inform its members on an agreement that payment will begin soon.
Madam Jallah-Kollie noted that a communication will be sent to instructors, informing them that payment has begun and they should return to classes.
“We are sure that when they received the information, they will go back to classes,” Jallah-Kollie added.
Jallah in the same way noted that the plight of ULFA is genuine and they will continue to engage them constructively in creating a smooth working relationship between them and the administration.
Since the inception of President George Weah who was elected in 2017 on the popular mandate of Liberians, his government has been marked with protestations from health workers, student, teachers disenchanted youths, business owners among others. Among reasons they have gone to the streets have been unbearable headships, delays in salary payments among others.