Oyo Govt. Faces Another Crisis With Workers In Tertiary Institutions
While the Oyo state governor is busy campaigning for the continuity of his “good works”, some of his workers are planning a showdown.
Trade unions in Oyo state-owned tertiary institutions under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have issued a 7-day ultimatum to the state government to pay their salary arrears.
JAC said this in a communique signed by its Chairman, Afees Adeniyi in Ibadan on Monday, after its meeting held on Friday, Jan. 4 at Oke-Ogun Polytechnic in Saki area of the state.
The workers threatened to resume their suspended strike if the state government failed to pay the backlogs of their salary arrears ranging from three to 18 months.
“A seven-day ultimatum from January 7 to 14 is hereby issued to the state government to pay all arrears of between 3 and 18 months.
“Failure of which all the workers in the six tertiary institutions will resume the suspended industrial action by 12.01 pm of Monday, January 14, 2019,” it said.
The JAC observed that as at Friday, Jan. 4, the personnel grants of September to December had been released without provisions for funds to pay backlog of the salaries.
It said that the action was in contravention of the directive given by the governor which said that outstanding salaries should be paid commencing with the September 2018 salaries/subventions.
JAC said the directive of the governor came up at a meeting with the governing councils and managements of the institutions on Oct. 24, 2018.
The latest action shows that the workers have lost their trust in Governor Ajimobi having failed to keep his promises to them.
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