•Insist On 100 Per Cent Implementation
Negotiations between the striking lecturers of the four state-owned tertiary institutions with the Osun State government over new salary structure has again ended in a deadlock. This was learnt last Tuesday night after the meeting of the negotiation team.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola-led the government team, which included the commissioners, special advisers and other top government functionaries. It was gathered that the striking lecturers rejected the 20 per cent salary increment proposed by the state government, insisting on full implementation of the demanded Consolidated New Polytechnic and Colleges Ammonised Salary Structure (CONPOCASS).
In less than a week, the Tuesday meeting was the second time the government team met with the striking lecturers on the need to suspend the three-month-old strike action in the general interest of the state, but sources at the meeting said the lecturers were hell-bent on the full implementation of the new salary scale.
According to the source at the meeting, the joint negotiating team of the unions maintained that the 100 per cent implementation of the CONPOCASS was not negotiable, saying “the union will not even accept 99.9 per cent implementation.” The source added that all efforts to convince the striking lectures on the inability of the government to implement in full the new salary structure, considering the slim resources of the state, was in futility.
When contacted on phone, the Osun State Polytechnic ASUP Chairman, Engineer Ige, confirmed the defiance of the lecturers at the meeting. “We could not agree at all at the meeting, as they are not ready for us; what they are proposing to us is completely out of it. When they are ready, they will call us,” he said.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, confirmed after the meeting that government negotiation with the striking lecturers was not successful. He said the state government proposed 20 per cent salary increment across board for both academic and non-academic members of staff, but was out-rightly rejected.
The joint unions are Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, (ASUP); Non-Academic Staff of Union of the Polytechnic, (NASUP); Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COASU) and other senior staff unions in the four institutions.