From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Lecturers at the Osun State polytechnics and the colleges of education lecturers have declared readiness to go on strike to press home their demand for full salaries.
The lecturers’ action came barely 24 hours after the state workers started an indefinite strike ordered by the labour unions to protest modulated salaries.
Operating under the aegis of the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions, the lecturers, in a statement by its chairman, Olusegun Lana and secretary, Sikiru Folorunso in Osogbo, yesterday, said the strike would start on January 15, 2018.
The affected institutions, including Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke as well as the colleges of Education in Ilesa and Ila-Orangun.
The lecturers said apart from half salary which they had been placed on for the past 27 months by government, they were compelled to go on the strike to protest outrageous tax, unfulfilled agreement on staffing of the schools; selective reinstatement of sacked workers and contributory pensions issues.
They also claimed they had given the governor a 21-day ultimatum on November 7 but, more than a month after the expiration of the ultimatum, he had not addressed the issues raised.
The lecturers also said they had written a series of appeal letters and called for a dialogue but the governor had not responded in any way.
“This is to inform members of our unions that consequent upon the concurrent resolutions of the respective congresses of ASUP and COEASU across the four state-owned tertiary institutions, we have issued a notice of indefinite strike with effect from January 15 2018.
“Government has not shown any seriousness towards addressing our plight as we have been subjected to untold hardship, frustrations and unprecedented levels of demoralisation by the harsh effects of unaddressed festering issues including, but not limited to, perpetual half salaries (now up to 27 months) which our unions were never in agreement to; unfulfilled collective agreements on staffing and proper composition of governing councils; selective justice in the reinstatement of disengaged members of staff,” the statement said.