Striking Lecturers Reject Govt Offer

•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.

7 thoughts on “Striking Lecturers Reject Govt Offer”

  1. In my own perception, they are to find solution on how the lecturers and staffs can be paid due to their expectation for the strike not to hold. Becos the two institutions are relevant to majority of students in nigeria.

  2. Infact what wat i’m experiency in osun state generaly is beyond my human imagination,my present generation to 10th generation we never school in osun state anylonger, shame on government of osun state & to u lecturers it isn’t ur forth remember that u were once a student like us.

  3. Your excellency mr aregbesola pls call off the srike so that we the outgoing HND II student of osun state poly iree could meet up with the youth sevice corp coming by febuary so that we can join others in the labour market pls!!!!!!!!!

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