Academic and non academic labour unions at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti have declared an indefinite strike over non-remittance of cooperative deductions and other grievances by the school management.
The unions during a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, also demanded for the immediate removal of the rector, Dr Taiwo Akande.
Some of the issues raised by the unions include the irregulation demotion of staff from CONTISS 12 and below against a government circular; deduction of pension from contract and casual workers and the non-remittance of staff contributions of the cooperative society among others.
The unions also alleged that the rector of the institution is corrupt and called on the anti-graft agencies to investigate the administration of the institution.
The rector while reacting to the allegations says the actions of the unions against her was uncalled for.
The workers of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, in a peaceful protest, stormed the office of the Rector alleging illegal deductions from their salaries amounting to the sum of 250million naira by the management.
The protest was led by the leaders of the three unions of the institution; the Non Academic Staff Union, the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, as well as the members.
Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian polytechnics, Dr. Ayeni Oluwole, said that the school management must ensure total payment of all the money deducted so far from the workers’ salaries with immediate effect.
Also, the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union, Adekunle Adeniyi, also stressed the urgent need for a change in the leadership of the institution.
The Rector, Taiwo Akande, appealed to the unions to be patient, as their demands would be met as soon as it is approved by the Federal Government.
She further stressed that the lecturers should also consider the students as the strike already embarked on by the unions would not in anyway do them good.
With the indefinite strike embarked on by the unions, academic activities in the institution have been shut down. They said that the situation would remain till their demands are met.