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UCH security guards, cleaners protest 13 months’ unpaid salaries

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Security guards and cleaners of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan yesterday staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of their salaries ranging from 11 to 13 months.

The protesters, who had gathered in front of the Administrative Office of the hospital as early as 7.00 a.m. however allowed staff to go about their normal duties. They were armed with different placards, while some of them were sharing gari with one other, singing different solidarity songs. Armed with placards, the protesters wrote: “Pay us our salary, it’s our right.

No pay No work” while calling on the government to intervene on their behalf since according to them, the authorities of the UCH of the UCH was not ready to pay them. Speaking with New Telegraph, Mr. Ayorinde Sunday said “we have been here since 7 00a.m. to protest peacefully over our outstanding salaries running up to 13 months now. Although we are contract staff, but we are posted here and we normally do our work here but we are not being paid.

“We usually receive our monthly salary a week after the contract staff receive their own but now we have not been receiving any salary since last year. It was last year November that we staged this kind of protest for the first time.

“The College management talked to us through the Group Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge, who said the College could not continue to pay the salaries of the security and cleaners any longer, but he promised to see to the matter and since then, we have been coming to our duty and up till now nothing positive has happened.

We are just appealing to the authority to see to our matter as we are dying of hunger.” Also speaking with journalist, Mrs. Bamidele Ajoke a cleaner said “I have three children at tertiary institutions and I work here and since 11 months ago now I have not received my salary, it so sad. My colleague and I used to pack dirt in this premises; all the bloods, pads, and so on are what we do.

We are here to make the environment clean. We have children and we don’t want them to pass through what we are passing through and that is the reason we are sending them to school but now that we are not receiving our salaries life has been miserable to us.”

Effort to get the reaction of the hospital management proved abortive as the GMD was not in his office and the Public Relations Officer, Mr Deji Bobade was unreachable as his phone was not available.

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