The unions, which include Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, resolved to embark on the industrial action at the joint congress meeting held on Monday, 11th January, 2021, to demand for the implementation of the new national minimum wage introduced by the Federal Government in 2019.
The academic activities of the institution which was scheduled to resume on Monday, 11th January, 2021 after the Christmas and the New Year break has now been disrupted by the unions’ action.
The SSANIP Chairman, Mr. Biodun Abegunde, said that the unions were forced to to embark on the industrial action because the matter was beyond the school’s management and needs to be addressed urgently.
He added that the unions were demanding for the implementation of the new minimum wage and the removal of a consultant who has been handling and managing the financial affairs of the institution as a move for financial autonomy for the institution.
His words:“The unions are agitating the implementation of the minimum wage and the removal of a consultant who has been handling and managing the financial affairs of the institution.
“This is a move towards financial autonomy. So the unions are clamouring for removal of the consultant so that due process can be maintained by the institution.”
Mr. Abegunde also stated that the unions want the institution to have powers to manage its affairs, as the current mode of operation is affecting the smooth running and operation of the institution and its entire community.
“We want the institution to have powers to manage its affairs. The current mode of operation is affecting the smooth running and operation of the institution and the entire community of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, are not happy.
“We want the council of the institution to be the ones running the affairs of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.”
The management of the institution has promised to issue a statement before the close of today, Monday 11th January, 2021 in reaction to the unions’ action – Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole.