By Elizabeth Uwandu
Staff of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, AOCOED, have begun an indefinite strike over the alleged non payment of salaries; delay in promotion and unfavourable working condition among others.
The staff under the umbrella of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, AOCOED chapter through her chairman, Comrade Ajayi Ige, said that the strike which started on Tuesday would ground all academic activities in the school.
Comrade Ige explained that “After several appeal to the College management; the Special Adviser , Education to the Lagos State government, including the office of Mr. Governor, to prevent industrial disharmony in the College, it has become very obvious that our Union has been taken for granted by all standards. We are left with no other option than to defend our demands.
“ The issues begging for attention but neglected are: Unpaid 53.36% allowance and arrears; N350m bail out; non-resuscitation of Internally Generated revenue Programmes, IGRP; unpaid outstanding honoraria (i.e two schools yet to be paid 2018; DDP sandwich honorarium and 2018 DDP sandwich project honorarium; the management inability to establish College and School based book shops and, the inexplicable promotion criteria for academia.
“ We are compelled to declare an industrial dispute by calling our members to resume the suspended strike action. Starting from the close of work today being December 3rd all academic activities are hereby suspended until our demands are met.” he said.
On his part, Zonal Secretary COEASU, AOCOED chapter, Comrade M Alaka explained that the Union which considered the plight of students had to embark on the strike following the inability of the College to address welfare of the staff.
“ The welfare of members is very important for government and management to show sensitivity for the workers. These demands are not new, they are issues that have being raised over and over again, and the union has showed uncommon perseverance. Yet, the College and the government have failed to address them.” Comr. Alaka reiterated