Strike Action Begins Over Non-Payment Of Salaries
The Academic staff Union of polytechnics – ASUP- Kogi state polytechnic Lokoja chapter has asked its members to proceed on indefinite strike beginning from Monday 11th September, 2017 over non-payment of July salaries.
The chairman of ASUP, Gboloromi Samuel Sunday in a telephone chat with DAILY POST gave the directives on Saturday in Lokoja as a last resort to compel the government to heed to their plight.
Strike Action Begins Over non-payment of salaries – Kogi poly
He said that although the 21-day ultimatum, which had previously been delivered to the government to meet agreed bargaining demands before the strike was halted, the need for its members to collect their salaries could not be tangled under the carpet, and stressed that the imminent strike would only be interrupted the government pays salaries before Monday.
At the beginning of the year, the six states that owned tertiary institutions began an indefinite strike, Kogi State Polytechnics was in the first line to go to the government’s request. We have suspended the strike and restored academic programs even when some have refused to bend ..
Even when we reminded them of the agreement we had with them to suspend the strike was not kept, we still continue with our work, until when things got to a head that we recently issued 21 days ultimatum to resume the strike or they should hasten the process to meet the agreement.
We were surprised, when July salaries were being paid to our colleagues in other tertiary institutions across the state; our members were being left out. When we enquire, we were told that the state has no money to pay us, even when all the civil servants in the state have collected theirs.
Strike Action Begins Over Non-Payment Of Salaries – Kogi poly
As I’m talking , my members have exhausted all sources they used to borrow money. Right now, our members are starving, we don’t have transport money to come to work, no tools to work with even primary things like stencils are not provided.
We urged the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately commenced the payment of July salaries to our members, ” as what is good for the goose is good for the gander” to abort the impending strike that will once again paralyzed the academic progression of our students. “He warned.
The Chairman , however called on the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and all well meaning Nigerians to press on the administration to immediately commenced the payment of July salaries to the members to avert further disruptions to the academic programmes of the school.
It would be recalled that in February this year, six Kogi state owned tertiary institutions had embarked on an indefinite strike which paralyzed the academic programmes across the state, however , the polytechnics had in July suspended their strike but the recent development of government’s failure to pay their July salaries is once again taking them to the trenches.
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