Workers under the aegis of Non-teaching staff in state owned tertiary institutions (AAUA, OAUSTECH, UNIMED, RUGIPO) in Ondo state, have appealed to stakeholders to come to their aid and ensure a lasting solution to the non-payment of their salary arrears by the state government.
The workers are being owed six months salaries.
The workers, arising from the 4th meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Ondo state owned tertiary institutions held at Okitipupa last week Tuesday, however gave the government a 14-day ultimatum to attend to their demands, following which industrial strike action would be inevitable.
The 14-day ultimatum commenced on Monday, November 30.
JAC is a composition of SSANU, NAAT, NASU and SSANIP members in state owned tertiary institutions.
The JAC in the communique made available to The Precision NG, while congratulating the governor on his re-election for a second term, prayed that Akeredolu’s second coming would be beneficial to the state and them as workers.
They also decried the reduction of subventions by 50%, even when it had already been reduced in 2017, noted that the institutions cannot cope with a reduced subvention which is not even released on time to the institutions.
“We therefore demand that back-logs of slashed subvention and full subvention be paid to tertiary institutions with immediate effect.
“This reduction cum untimely release of subvention is taking a serious toll on the tertiary institutions which workers of these institutions are now the burden bearers.
The workers also reminded the government that tertiary institutions are yet to benefit from the implementation of the new minimum wage, adding that the government should prioritise staff welfare and the progress of the various institutions it established.