A joint committee of Academic and Non-Academic staff union of The Polytechnic Ibadan have agreed to proceed on an indefinite strike over the non implementation of the new minimum wage.
The decision was reached at a general meeting of both staff union convened to deliberate in the issue. it was stated that; “the governing council, and by extension Oyo state government has repeatedly refused to implement the minimum wage for workers in the institution.”
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The Chairman of SSANIP, Abiodun Abegunde in his remarks commended the workers for their steadfastness so far and noted that the issue must be fought to a logical conclusion. He noted thatb; different efforts have been employed to resolve the impasse to no avail. He further note that; the wage structure being demanded by the Unions is even lower than that being enjoyed by sister institutions in other states.
The Chairman of NASU, in his submission noted that; the Governing Council itself was incapacitated by the overreaching activities of the Consultant.
He wondered why the management was willing to follow a directive from the NBTE to lockdown the school, but unwilling to implement the wage structure approved by the same NBTE. The representative of academic staff, Nurudeen Akinade also noted that; the activities of the consultant is a clear negation of the edict setting up the institution and asked that such be rejected outrightly. He said; “no form of sabotage would prevent the achievements of the demands.”
The institution workers who spoke at the meeting agreed that they had endured enough and it seems the state government had taken their patience as cowardice.
The institution Joint Action Committee then moved motion for a strike action. It was emphasized that the strike will be a total and comprehensive one, as no worker will be exempted as essential services, till the government acceded to the demands.