Workers of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, Ondo State (RUGIPO) have declared a three days warning strike over its non-payment of 10 months arrears.
This was contained in a circular jointly signed by the Chairman Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and the secretary of the Union, Comrade Adewumi V.A and made available to Niger Delta Connect.
The statement read: “Based on our last congress, on the issue of our salary arrears, which we agreed upon that if the management is unable to meet our demands, we will embark on a three-day warning strike.
“In addition, we all know that the management did not meet with our demands, as at today, 13th August 2021 and we are now acting on declaration of strike action agreed in the congress of three-day warning strike as from 12:00am on 16th August, 2021.
They noted that the government had earlier promised to pay the arrears, which it did not comply.
This is coming a week after no fewer than 6,060 fresh students of the school were matriculated in the 2020/2021 academic session into the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes.
Niger Delta Connect reports that the matriculation ceremony which is the 28th matriculation ceremony of the institution was held on a low key in the institution .
While speaking at the event, the Rector of the institution, Gani Ogundaunsi urged the new students not to allow their parents’ hope in them to be dashed.
According to him, the primary aim of the students in the school is to get sound education and acquire skills.
The Rector cautioned fresh students at the polytechnic to shun cultism and other criminal acts to enable them realise their academic objectives.
He enjoined the students not to indulge in physical confrontation with anybody, saying that there were civilised means of addressing grievances.
“Take advantage of official grievance procedure as stated in the Student Information Handbook to lodge complaints instead of taking laws into your hands.
“Imbibe the habit of using social dialogue to address grievance instead of confronting.”