- Lecturers of the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo state, have staged a protest against some decisions of the institution's authority
- The lecturers, who are members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), were reacting to the fact that they have not been paid salaries for 11 months
- In rebellion to the authority's order that they should resume work immediately or face sanction, the lecturers refused to sign attendance registers
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo state, on Monday, September 10, referred to the resolve of the governing council of the institution to punish any worker who refuses to resume duty and sign the attendance register as an empty threat, Punch reports.
The aggrieved lecturers stated that their resumption to work will only happen after the payment of their 11 months unpaid salaries by the Oyo state government.
On Thursday, September 6, the governing council held an emergency meeting where it was decided that ASUP's activities should be suspended. The council also ordered that all academic activities should resume with immediate effect.
In reaction to this, the lecturers, who staged another protest at the polytechnic, described the council’s directives as illegal and unconstitutional, maintaining that they are authoritarian in tone and nature to workers.
Muyiwa Olawumi, the chairman of the union, in a statement jointly signed by himself and the secretary, Sikiru Isiak, said: “The purported suspension of the activities of the union is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void. The council’s action is outdated, humiliating, degrading, archaic, ex-communicating, barbaric, embarrassing, dictatorial, provocative and undemocratic.
“The council’s action of coercing lecturers to resume was uncalled for when the negotiation window as contained in its (union) response to the purported Memorandum of Understanding had not been exhausted. The council cannot go outside its statute to usurp the power vested in the Registrar of Trade Unions under Trade Union Act.
“We demand the outright payment of all outstanding arrears, 10 months unremitted cooperative deductions and seven months of full salary. Our patience and sacrifice have been stretched beyond limit.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that there were mixed reactions over the dissolution of the ASUP, Saki, by the Oyo state government over threat to embark on indefinite strike from Monday, September 10.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Ibadan, Newman Babson, revealed that the lecturers of Saki Polytechnic owned by the state government had been owed 23 months salaries and had resolved to commence strike next Monday, September 10.
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