By Ebebe Florence
Workers of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, RUGIPO, have embarked on an indefinite strike over the non-payment of their salaries by the institution’s management.
The workers of the state-owned polytechnic under the aegis of Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, SSANIP, took the decision to embark on the indefinite strike action which began on Friday during a congress held within the institution.
It was gathered that the workers were being owed 11 months salary arrears which had spanned between December 2016, January 2017 and January – September 2021.
The workers also hinged their decision on non promotion within the last two years.
According to the Chairman of the institution’s NASU, Comrade Obayoriade, the union was left with no option to embark on the indefinite strike after all available means of resolving the impasse had failed.
Obayoriade, who hinted that the union had written twice to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the issue but their letters had continued to receive no response, stated that the government should be blamed for the challenges.
According to him, the only way to douse the tension within the school was for the government to pay some of the arrears, as some of their staff had died due to the health challenges occasioned by the non-payment of salaries.
On his part, the Public Relations Director of the institution, Mr. Samuel Ojo said the Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo recently met with the management and some union members and promised to pay some of the arrears in the next few days.