By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The academic and non-academic staff of the Osun state owned tertiary institutions have agreed to suspend their five months old industrial action owing to the state government’s pledge to accede to their demands.
The four 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.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP), Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and Public Relations Officer of Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State owned Tertiary Institutions, Mr. Dotun Omisore told journalists in Osogbo that the state government had heeded to some of their demands, thus necessitating the suspension.
The non-academic staff union of the tertiary institutions had on Monday, 14th July, 2014, returned to work while the academic staff resumed academic duties on Friday, 18th July, 2014.
Omisore said that the state government and the unions had agreed on some of the demands of the union saying “we believe that we have to move on.”
He explained that the state government had signed into law the elongation of their retirement age from 60years to 65years as it obtained in the university system adding that on the issue of contributory pension scheme, the state government has set up a ministerial committee to look at the problems associated with its implementation and members of the unions are part of the committee.
On the issue of recruitment of more staff, Omisore noted that the government has agreed to make it priority issue and promised that within the shortest possible time, the government will make new recruitment to beef up academic and non academic staff of the affected institutions.
Speaking 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 explained that it was based on the above agreement that the unions decided to suspend the strike action and return to work.
Meanwhile, the students of University of Uyo, Ila-Orangun Campus regular degree will start their examination on Monday 21st July 2014.