Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics have asked the federal and state governments to implement the agreements reached with the labour union to avoid industrial action in 2022.
They berated state governments over the way polytechnics are being managed, especially the continued non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage Law by some state governments.
Rising from their 66th quarterly National Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the union, in a communique jointly signed by SSANIP National President, Adebanjo Ogunsipe, and the Secretary, Hussaini Gwandu, expressed concern over the challenges confronting state polytechnics.
These, they said ranged from incomplete and non-payment of members’ salaries, non-remittance of deducted monthly check-off dues and other deductions, and huge infrastructural deficits, among others.
The polytechnic workers also frowned on the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage Law by some states.
They tasked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to wake up to his responsibilities and tame the violent attacks by bandits, secession agitators and other non-state actors across the country.
The communique read in part, “Council reiterated its displeasure at the continued non-implementation of the enacted National Minimum Wage Law by some state governments. It, therefore, appeals to concerned states to ensure that the needful is done in good time to avoid needless industrial conflict.
In the same vein, council frowns on the politics around the payment of the minimum wage arrears by the Federal Government. It, therefore, warns that the continued show of insincerity on the part of the government to pay these arrears would only culminate in a needless and avoidable industrial face-off.”
“Council-in-session wishes to reiterate that the continued non-implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale migration by some polytechnics in the country shall always remain a recipe for industrial disharmony.”
The union said it was unacceptable for the government to short change the polytechnics by not implementing the new salary scale.
‘’In this wise, council implores the relevant tiers of governments to endeavour to do the needful on these issues, in the interest of industrial peace,’’ the union admonished.