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Yabatech workers threatens strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics of the Yaba College of Technology has complained about the illegal manner in which the teaching staff of the polytechnic is taking over some positions meant for non-teaching staff.

Yabatech-SSANIP in a communiqué, threatened to go on strike if the situation was not rectified by the rector within two weeks.

The workers, who held a congress on campus on last week, listed the positions for which their members have been denied to include the Director, CITM, the Director, Works and Services, the Director, Physical Planning Unit, the Director, Consult and the Head of Fire Services.

The communiqué, which was jointly signed by the Yabatech-SSANIP Chairman, Mr Kayode Samuel and the Secretary, Mr Odundayo Kolawole, said a number of federal polytechnics had complied with the extant rules and regulations on filling such positions.

Samuel added that the union would have no choice other than to use the necessary industrial tools to get their demands met if the deadline expired without the situation being redressed.

“The position of the Revised Schemes of Service on the category of staff who should head these departments/units is very clear and unambiguous. The union had written and met with the college management on a number of times to address this issue.

“The union made written representation to the management on this issue on December 27, 2018, February 1, 2019, March 7, 2019, August 14, 2019 and February 25, 2021.

“The union had done everything lawful to make the management see reason and do the needful, all to no avail. The national leadership of our union had equally written to the National Board for Technical Education, and on the strength of the representation made by the national body to the NBTE, a letter was addressed by the NBTE to the Rector, Yaba College of Technology in September 2020,” Samuel said.

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