Osun Tertiary Institutions Academic Staff Suspend Five Months Strike

UNI-STUDENTS-300x178Five months after the closure of four tertiary institutions owned by Osun State Government as a result of strike action, the academic and non-academic staff of the institutions have agreed to suspend their action.

The unions  suspended the action after the state government agreed to meet some of their demands.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP), Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and Public Relations Officer of Council of Academic Staff Union of Osun State Own Tertiary Institutions, Mr. Dotun Omisore disclosed the decision of the union to newsmen in Osogbo.

It would be recalled that the non-academic staff union of the tertiary institutions had on Monday returned to work while the academic staff resumed academic duties yesterday.

The affected institutions are Osun State Polytechnic, Ire, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun and Osun State College of Education, Ilesa.

Omisore said that the state government and the unions had agreed on some of the demands of the union and we believe that we have to move on.

He noted that the state government had signed into law the elongation of their retirement age from 60 to 65 years as it obtained in the university system, adding that on the issue of contributory pension scheme, the state government had set up a ministerial committee to look at the problems associated with it implementation and members of the unions are part of the committee.

On the issue of recruitment of more staff, Omisore noted that the government had agreed to make it priority issue and promise that within the shortest possible time, the government will make new recruitment to beef up academic and non academic staff of the affected institutions.

On the Hazard and medical allowance, Omisore said that it was agreed that the issue should be negotiated with the each of the governing council and management of the institutions.

He stressed that it was based on the above agreement that the unions decided to suspend the strike action and return to duty posts.