Polytechnic workers under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) chapters of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State are threatening to drag the management of the institution to the National Industrial Court over non-implementation of the revised 2013 Scheme of Service.
The leadership of the unions had few weeks ago threatened not to call off their strike until the scheme was introduced in the institution, even as the unions condemned in its entirety the acclaimed 1979 scheme of service, described as obsolete and which is still being in use in the polytechnics for the workers’ promotion, elevation, entitlements and career progression.
Members of the unions, however, embarked on peaceful protest, carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “Stop victimising our members”, “Pay all our arrears up till date”.
“We will not relent until our entitlements are paid”, and “On 2013 service scheme, we stand,” among others.
The workers were said to have during the protest marched round the institution in their hundreds singing anti- management songs to press home their demands.
Meanwhile, the unions have said that there would be “No retreat, No surrender” until their demands on the implementation of the scheme is actualised.
But, reacting to the development, the Acting Rector, Dr. Arthur Aja appealed to the unions to be calm, appealing to them that all their requests would be looked into.
He, however, frowned at the unions’ action for disconnecting power and water supply to the campus, describing such action is wicked.
Addressing newsmen, the SSANIP Chairman, Comrade Johnson Adekanola, however, called on the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the agency supervising polytechnic education in the country, and the Federal Ministry of Education to prevail on the management of the polytechnic to adopt the revised 2013 scheme of service to enhance the workers’ career progression.
The unions argued that the scheme was introduced in 2013 by the NBTE through a circular, insisting that it should be adopted in all states and federal polytechnics to enhance the career progression of staff.
In fact, they expressed shock over why the scheme had not been considered at the polytechnic when other polytechnics in the South-West geo-political zone of the country had already adopted it.