Unpaid salaries: Ondo tertiary institutions workers begin strike January

Workers of the Ondo State-owned universities and other tertiary institutions have vowed to commence industrial action on January 1, 2024, following an alleged non-payment of salaries and allowances.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘Why we may not resume work in January,’ and issued by the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Mr Dayo Temola, on Wednesday.

According to Temola, who stated on behalf of other unions in government-owned tertiary institutions in the state, the decision was taken during the meeting of the JAC of tertiary institutions in the state, held at the University of Medical Science in Ondo, last week.

The statement read, “The non-teaching staff of Olusegun Agagu University have vowed not to resume until the government resolved to implement the 2019 minimum wage and pay the wage award of N35,000 as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy.”

In the statement,  the unions frowned at the alleged delay in the release of  “subvention to our institution in Ondo State by the present government.

“Based on the above, the JAC of state tertiary Institutions in Ondo State cannot guarantee industrial harmony starting from January 1, 2023.”

(Punch)

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