The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta chapter have crippled academic activities in the institution over unpaid salaries and cooperative deductions by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The organized unions in a separate communique issued on Friday in Abeokuta accused Ogun State government of owing them four months’ salary and unremitting their contributory pension scheme.
According to NASU Chairman, Kola Sopade, the union is embarking on the strike action having stay off action on the notice given to the school management which lapse on Friday, 26th April, 2019.
According to Sopade, NASU had explored all internal mechanism to resolve with the state government on the payment of unpaid emoluments of staff.
He said after extensive deliberation, the congress decide to embark on indefinite strike with immediate effect.
Similarly, SSANIP in its communique signed by the Chairman, Olawunmi Musbau and Secretary, Adeboye Oluyinka expressed displeasure over what he described as insensitivity to the plights of staff of the institution despite series of appeals made to the state government on outstanding salaries and deductions.
SSANIP also lamented the incessant loss of life of its members which he attributed to inability to afford hospital bills occasioned by non-payment of salaries.
The SSANIP communique read thus, “consequently after a thorough review of the resolutions /decisions, the congress observed as follows, “the failure of the management / Govering Council of the polytechnic and the state government to pay its members their long overdue salaries and allowances for the month of February and March, 2019.
“Failure of the management / governing council of the polytechnic and the state government to pay its members the salaries and allowances for the month of April, 2019 which is noted is also due for payment. The failure of the management /governing council of the polytechnic and the state government to release all outstanding, union dues, contributory pension fund as well as cooperative deductions.
“The congress expressed displeasure at the above developments which it noted was a show of insensitivity to the plights of staff despite series of appeals and entreaties made by the three unions on campus to the governing council on the issue of payment of outstanding salaries and deductions at several meetings held on the campus of the institution.
“The congress thereafter directed as follows that all its members should proceed on indefinite strike action with immediate effect until all outstanding salaries and allowances as well as all outstanding deductions are fully paid.
“That none of its members should participate in any assignment or activity of the institution while the strike action lasts unless otherwise directed by the congress.”