‎Bayelsa polytechnic lecturers, staff commence strike September 1

The communique was released after an emergency meeting held on August 11.

The Joint Union Congress, JUC, of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekokwe, in Bayelsa State on Wednesday said it will embark on an indefinite strike from September 1.

The JUC of the institution comprises teaching and non- teaching staff unions: ASUP, SSANIP and NA‎SUP.

The decision on the strike was made known in a communiqué signed by Afolabi Taiwo, ASUP Chairman, Endurance Keyamo, SSANIP Chairman, and Nelson Ebimie, NASUP Chairman.

The communique was released after an emergency meeting held on August 11 at the polytechnic’s liaison office in Yenagoa.

At the meeting all the unions agreed to embark on an indefinite strike action from September 1.

According to the communiqué, the following observations and resolutions were made:

1. The Governing Council of the institution headed by Honorable Bekes Etifa have sat for four times within seven months of her establishment without discussing any issue relating to workers’ welfare despite the appalling fact that workers have been begging for their promotion and a host of other benefits for the past two years.

2. The Governing Council of the Polytechnic is without any cogent reason refusing to approve the two years long overdue staff promotion knowing that the staff will be due for another promotion by 2015.

3. The 28 days allowance of workers is yet to be paid.

4. The annual incremental steps arrears of workers since the establishment of the institution in 2008 have not been paid.

5. The Bursar, Mr. James Neminebor, has consistently displayed gross incompetence, negligence and financial insincerity in the salary preparation and payment of workers. There have been consistent delays, short-payments and unwarranted withholding of the salaries of staff in large numbers.

6. The management of the institution is in a state of disarray as principal officers shamelessly engage in internal wrangling among themselves.

7. The polytechnic is not making any effort to commence academic activities despite the fact that ASUP has suspended her strike for the past five months. For over five years now, the institution has only about forty (40) students.

8. There is no transparency and accountability in the assessment and utilization of TETfund since the establishment of the polytechnic.

RESOLUTIONS

1. The staff promotion before the Governing Council should be treated on or before the August 31, 2014.

2. The bursar should be sent on terminal leave and the salaries unit of the Polytechnic should be overhauled.

3. Knowing that salary preparations in government establishments are concluded on or before the 15th of every month, the salary preparation of Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe should follow same.

4. Management should ensure that normal academic activities in the institution begin forthwith with the appropriate enabling environment for proper management and learning.

5. Transparency should be enforced in the assessment and utilization of the TETFund. An accessible, sincere, rational and pulsating desk officer should be put in charge.

6. The Polytechnic management should pay immediately the annual step increment of workers that have accumulated for the past four (4) years, the 28days accommodation allowance of staff of the Polytechnic. Also the pension scheme of workers should be implemented immediately.

The communiqué also stated that the JUC will commence series of industrial actions beginning with an indefinite strike action effective Monday September 1, 2014 until workers’ demands are fully met.


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