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Ibadan Polytechnic staff embarks on strike over minimum wage

Akin Aboluwade
The Polytechnic Ibadan Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANIP) on Monday declared an industrial action over the non-implementation of the minimum wage by the Oyo State Government.
A joint committee of all staff unions of the polytechnic, comprising the academic and non-academic staff, held that the governing council and the Oyo State Government, failed to implement the minimum wage for the workers.
The Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Ibadan Polytechnic branch, Abiodun Abegunde, in his remarks during the meeting held in the institution on Monday, said that the matter must be addressed immediately.
Commending the workers for their patience, he noted that past  efforts aimed at resolving the logjam had been abortive.
He said the wage structure being demanded by the unions was lower than the amount being paid in sister institutions in other states.
The representative of the academic staff union, Nurudeen Akinade, noted that the edict that established the institution had been violated, saying that such a development should be rejected.
He said, “No form of sabotage would scuttle the realization of our demands.”
The workers at the meeting said that they had endured enough, adding that the state government had taken their patience for cowardice.
A motion for the strike was thereby moved by the forum.
The strike, the polytechnic workers said, would be total as no worker is exempted for essential services until the government grants their demands.

Core  issues, including minimum wage, selective implementation of the 2013 scheme of service, state of the health centre, activity of the consultant undermining the autonomy of the institution and conversion/redesignation of staff were subjects of discussion at the congress.

SSANIP resolved to embark on the warning strike after the congress was briefed that all efforts to ensure the implementation of the minimum wage have proved abortive, in addition to the myriads of other issues being discussed with the management and the council.

“It seemed the management and indeed the governing council lack the power and the will to resolve the issues. The congress, after noting the futility of several efforts made by the leaders of inion in engaging the management, council and the government, including 14-day and 7-day ultimatums, resolved to issues a 48-hour notice for a warning strike from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th November 2020,” the statement read.

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