From Thursday, 17th January, 2019, workers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology will begin what they described as ‘3-day on, 2-day off’ strike model.
A statement signed by the secretary of the joint action council, Comrade Fajoye Hamzat, disclosed that the strike became imperative as “the management has once again started staggered payment of salaries and allowances,” adding that “You will recollect that it was this same method that brought us to the level of being owed part of 2016 and 2017 salaries.”
He added that workers in the University have resorted to “fine and decent baara* style to make ends meet.”
STATE OF AFFAIRS IN LAUTECH: JAC POSITION
It becomes imperative to inform our teeming members the state of affairs with regards to our numerous demands from the university management and the governing council.
You will all recalled that at the last JAC Congress, our agreement was to write the management informing them of our requests and expectations.
To also give them 7-day ultimatum as directed by the Congress.
The ultimatum has expired on Sunday, January 13, 2019 without any expected positive action from the management.
As was noted at the Congress, the management has once again started staggered payment of salaries and allowances. You will recollect that it was this same method that brought us to the level of being owed part of 2016 and 2017 salaries,balance of 68 hours Earned Allowances, Responsibility allowances, 90 per cent of 2012/2013 promotion arrears and arrears of promotion from 2013/2014 to date. The management jumped the payment September 2016 deductions only to pay October 2018 deductions, which was paid last week.
This arrangement is making it hard to calculate the real amount of outstanding amount of salaries and allowances.
With the present situation, many of our members are seeking solace in ‘fine and decent baara’ style to make ends meet.
Our continuous coming to work is becoming hard and harsh which is making it more harder and harrowing for a lot of us. In the technical sense, the university is gradually locking us(employees) out.
Arising from the above observations, the JAC executive council met today, Monday, January 14,2019 to evaluate the situations on the campus vis-à-vis the report of the meeting with LAUTECH Alumni and the reply of JAC letter dated January 3,2019 to the management and resolved as follows:
1. That all members of JAC comprising of SSANU,NAAT and NASU LAUTECH Branch are hereby directed to stay at home from Thursday, January 17, 2019 and to resume to JAC congress on Monday, January 21, 2019 by 8.00am at MKO LT, LAUTECH for further directive;
2. That the JAC leadership arrived at the decision above when we convinced that the payment of November and December 2018 salaries are not at sight hence our decision to relief our members from the burden of borrowing money to transport themselves to their offices and with the little one available to them will be able to sustain them to come to office for three days in a week and keep their bodies and souls; and
3. This industrial action of three days ON and two days OFF (i.e. ON on Monday to Wednesday and OFF on Thursday and Friday every week) shall be in place until we are manifestly convinced that management is ready to accede to our demands as contained in our letter dated January 3_2019.