Kogi Polytechnic Workers Begin Indefinite Strike
The Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions (Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic and the Non Academic Staff Union) both of the Kogi State Chapter have on Monday, embarked on an indefinite strike over what they termed as Governor Yahaya Bello’s failure to meet their demands after the expiration of 21 days and 7 days ultimatum previously issued.
The academic and non-academic staff unions of the institutions began strike on Monday, paralyzing academic activities in the affected polytechnics.
Recall that the Unions sometimes ago called off a proposed strike action it previously intended embarking upon. This according to them is to pave way for the government to revisit the understanding reached at the meeting with the unions but the government eventually failed to honour the deal.
The demands the unions are clamouring for are:
1. Implementation of the clemency granted by the Governor to 19 of its staff employed in 2015/16 and the 11 others branded as Diaspora Staff of Double Employment.
2. Implementation of staff promotion and annual increments be implemented, to place its staff at par with colleagues of other institutions.
3. Government should urgently commence the payments of cadre migration to its members , since other tertiary institutions have already benefitted.
4. 50% conttiss arrears be implemented.
5. The 4.6 % earned allowance for Non Teaching Staff and Excess Work Load Allowance for Academic Staff should be paid without further delay, since workers of other Kogi state owed institutions are already enjoying these allowances.
6. Government should honour the MOU reached with JAC of a trade unions of tertiary institutions owed by Kogi state to suspend the 2011 Tax Law and refund excess tax deducted from February 2017 salary of Kogi state polytechnic staff.
7. End casualization of staff by regularizing the appointments of casual staff
8. Immediate remittance of all deductions made from our members July salaries to appropriate quarters i.e cooperative, poly consult, ASUP etc. This is important because these deductions are savings of our members.
9. The management staff of Kogi state polytechnic should issue all members payslips for salaries from January 2017 to July 2017.
In a chat with some staff of the polytechnic who pleaded anonymity, they said that management staff are ready to do anything to protect themselves especially as their hands are not clean and so will do everything to scuttle the strike action. They wonder why the government is taking staff of Kogi state polytechnic for granted, despite having in its custody, allocation for two months, the last of which is over N4bn.