The academic members of staff of three tertiary Institutions in Osun State have declared the immediate commencement of an indefinite strike action.
The strike action according to them is over 18 months of outstanding salaries and other entitlements owed by the Osun state government.
The three institutions involved are Osun State Polytechnic in Iree, Osun State College of Technology in Esa-Oke and Osun State College of Education in Ila Orangun.
The spokesperson for the Academic Staff Unions of Polytechnics (ASUP) in all the institutions, Jacob Adegbite, after a congress held at Iree Campus on Friday told journalists that the action is imperative in order to register their grievances to the state government.
“We also required that our promotion exercise should be conducted and the financial implication implemented up to date. With all these issues not resolved, the Congress, therefore, resolved to embark on indefinite strike action,” Adegbite said.
However, the Osun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lani Baderinwa, in his response said it will be wrong for the workers to go on strike. He noted that the state government had earlier held a meeting with the workers and some agreements reached.
“The government is yet to be aware of any strike going on in any of its establishment as I speak. I believe that they won’t do what is not right. I do not think it will be right to go on strike when we just discussed and agreed on certain things.
Although Baderinwa did not explain the agreements reached with the workers, they are however proceeding on the strike and among other demands, seeking the fulfilment of collective agreements and payment of financial effects of workers promoted since 2014.
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.
Workers in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, have embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for the payment of salaries, gratuity and pension to retirees for over five months as well as promotions of workers.
The leadership of organised industrial union in the state has mobilised all affiliate unions to embark on the industrial action until government yields to its demand and pay all salaries owed the workers.
The organised labour in the state, comprising Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council, have therefore paralysed all government activities.
The Plateau State Head of Service, Ezekiel Dalyop, explained that the dwindling revenue allocation from the Federal Government has been the major challenge which has affected payment of salaries and other emoluments due to workers in the state.
With few weeks to the end of the Jonah Jang administration and the adamant posture of organised labour in Plateau State, there seems to be no meeting point until the incoming administration wades into the matter which invariably means that the public service sector is paralysed for now.
The workers believe they have to drive the point home by embarking on the industrial action at this time in order to attract the attention of the incoming administration to their plight.
Medical doctors working for the Lagos State Government on Monday began an indefinite strike over several protracted issues with the state government.
The Lagos doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild, are aggrieved over issues which include alleged engagement of doctors as casual workers and the withholding of doctors’ salaries for May 2012 and from August to September 2014 over the doctors involvement in industrial action.
Meanwhile the state government has described the current strike as illegal, just like the former one.
In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, the government says it is a fact that those health workers who did not work during the stated period were not paid.
This, Mr Ibirogba said is in line with the “no work no pay rule” policy of the government which is in accordance with international employment practices and the Trade Disputes Act.
He therefore advised the Lagos doctors to resume at their respective duty positions while discussions with the state government are ongoing.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike on Wednesday 25th February, if government fails to meet their demands.
President of the Union, Mr Chibuzor Asomugha told journalists during a press briefing in Abuja that government has not implemented any of their demands since the suspension of the last strike embarked upon by the Union in July last year.
ASUP is aggrieved over the dichotomy that exists in the way Polytechnic and University graduates are treated in the labour market, and the poor attention given to the polytechnics.
They are also kicking against government’s non-implementation of an agreed salary structure since 2009.
The Executive Director of Grassroots Watch, Adeola Soetan has said that the irresponsibility of the Federal Government was what caused the series of industrial actions in Nigeria.
Mr Soetan, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said that strikes by workers or union is recognised legitimately all over the world and that no labour leader will take the action as an option of first choice.
Though the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) just called off a three-day warning strike several other employee of the government including teachers in the Universities and Polytechnics have down tools owing to unresolved disagreements.
Mr Soetan said for any union to embark on a strike, it simply shows the irresponsibility on the part of its employer because the action is not something easy to plan.
He said other options would have been considered to reach a compromise with the government, hence his reason for hinting that no labour leader would resort to strike action as an option of first choice.
He said, “It shows total irresponsibility on the part of government, because strike is not easy to plan, it’s not a child’s play.
“For any labour leader, they want an option of least cost because to plan a strike action, you hold meetings, organise campaigns, meet up with management and government, you also have to get support and legitimacy from all you councils at different levels.”
This may not be the best of time for the local government administration in Ogun State; south west Nigeria as its umbrella body, the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees; NULGE has announced an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The indefinite strike action was announced by the President of the union Mr. Tajudeen Olusesi in Abeokuta the state capital, saying that an agreement reached with executives of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, was not implemented, hence, their decision to embark on the industrial action
According to him strike began after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued by the union for government to address all the issues.
The union said that all the local governments in the state were being confronted with various challenges ranging from non- payment of salaries as at when due, funding of primary school education, unpaid deductions from workers’ salaries among other issues.
The association however decried the state government unwillingness to place local government workers salaries and allowances on first line charge as it is being practiced in some South West states.
The union emphasized the need for the state government to share the burden of payment of primary school teachers instead of shifting it on the local governments.