'No Work, No Pay' Policy Tears Ondo Polytechnic Apart
As the ray of hope for the suspension of strike by polytechnic lecturers beams brighter, lecturers in Ondo state polytechnic, Owo are again battle ready.
The lecturers were irked over the recent management policy of no work, no pay as penalty for their participation in the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).
A senior lecturer at the Mass Communications department noted that it is their fundamental right to respond to the call of the unions national leaders.
"We are not completely independent as lecturers here. We have a national body in ASUP who instruct us either to go on strike or not and when we get their order, we can't but follow it.
"So it will be greatest injustice on our part to implement such policy against us and if the management does not retract it, then, they should be ready for an internal crisis even if the strike is called off today", he stated.
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In the same vein, another lecturer in the Computer Science department, who spoke in confidence, said the management's decisions are being sponsored by politicians.
"It is a threat to get us back to the classroom but it won't work. Our management are being used against us, but we will do everything to reject it and if they fail to withdraw the policy, the battle continues. Even if the nationwide strike ends today, we will carry on our internal struggle."
According to the school's management, through its Public Relations officer, Yemi Suleiman, when there is no contribution, there is no compensation in return.
"It is a covenant between two parties that provides for equal and reciprocal responsibility. Therefore, no work, no pay policy is a principle adopted not to pay salary for workers that are on strike." He stated.
Lecturers at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State had joined their colleagues nationwide in an industrial action on December 12, 2018 following the failure of government to honour the agreement reached with the Union in 2009.
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