The joint section of the Oyo State Executive Councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiation Council said workers in the state would begin a three-day warning strike from today (Wednesday) in solidarity with their colleagues at the six public tertiary institutions in the state.
Workers at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, and College of Education, Lanlate, have been on strike over non-payment of their salary arrears and reduction of government’s subvention to the institutions to 25 per cent.
The Chairman of the state chapter of the NLC, Waheed Olojede, who spoke after the meeting of the unions’ executives in Ibadan, said the strike was also called to protest the sacking of 256 workers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, and other issues affecting the health sector as presented by the Joint Health Sector Union.
Olojede said, “Workers in the state-owned tertiary institutions have been on strike since November 2, 2017, and their matters have not been addressed up to date. We had two separate meetings with the government and they yielded no result hence the people remain on indefinite strike. We have written a series of letters to the government to give reasons why 100 per cent salary payment should be granted to workers in tertiary institutions.
“That led to a meeting with government on November 7, 2017 led by the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, where we demanded that a separate committee be put in place to look critically into the issue of administration of workers and the labour movement and labour was asked to send representatives to be members of that committee.
“When labour waited for long, and no action came from government, we demanded another meeting which was held on January 9, 2018, but the meeting ended not producing the desired result. And that shows that government appears to be insensitive to the plight of workers in tertiary institutions in the state.
“And so desired is our understanding of the fact that an injury to one is an injury to all, if today workers in the tertiary institutions are suffering this kind of hardship from the government, it should attract the attention of the entire labour movement. More so, a lot of other issues remain unresolved by the labour movement in the state.”