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June 14, 2024
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Breaking: Workers’ Protest grounds Ondo tertiary institutions over unpaid N35,000 Wage Award

Workers’ unions under the members of joint action commitee (JAC) in Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo State today grounded activities at the state institution over failure of the State government to include them in the implementation of #35,000 palliative wage award approved to cushion effects of fuel subsidy removal.

Leadership of the joint committee which included The Joint Action Committee, comprises of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), said the palliative had not been received by the staffs of the University since its payment began in Ondo State in November, 2023.

The member of the associations said the protest was staged to appeal to the state government to grant them the payment as other state workers have been receiving theirs except staffs of the tertiary institutions in Ondo State.

Tayo Ogungbeni, the Chairman of Joint Action Committee —Ondo State Tertiary Institutions, in a noticed sent to all branch Chairmen, after the leadership of JAC had met virtually, said “congress should be held, and decision to embark on protest be communicated to various managements”

While Speaking during the protest the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in all the state tertiary institution and AAUA SSANU Chairman, Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni, said the demand of the unions was to appeal to the state government not to deny them of their rights to the payment of the wage award agreed by the federal and state governments in collaboration with labour unions for all workers in Nigeria.

Ogungbeni said all workers in Ondo State had been receiving the payment except tertiary institutions in Ondo State in which Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko was also left out

“We have started this protest since Tuesday all over the State tertiary institutions in Ondo State, they did in Olusegun Agagu University in Okitipupa, University of Medical sciences in Ondo city, And Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, we do not want our rights to be taken for granted.

“The federal government announced a pallaitive wage award of #35,000 for all workers in Nigeria, we are part of the general work force, why is Ondo State excluding us?  why are they saying we are not qualify for this pallaitive payment?, we are asking for that money now, we know our governor want our welfarism, because everyone goes to the same market, we also pay for the same fuel Price, what we asked for is our right”.

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