Various workers across the tertiary institutions in Lagos State including the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State University (LASU), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), among others, on Monday disrupted resumption activities on the various campuses over the non-implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage.
According to the protesting workers, While the government has enforced the minimum wage for other employees in the state, the reason for leaving the employees of tertiary educational institutions could not be grasped.
At LASU, the workers blocked the university’s entrance gates leaving the vice-chancellor, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, other management staff and returning students stranded.
At 11 a.m., attempts to convince the employees to open the gates fell through deaf ears as they maintained they had given the government ample notices.
The workers at LASPOTECH did not block the gates but they barred their members from resuming work, saying their action was backed by the state’s Joint Action Committee (JAC) on labour matters, and both the state and national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Acoording to PREMIUM TIMES, the chairman of SSANIP on the campus, Seye Ero-Philips, said apart from the protest against minimum wage, the union was also agitating against other domestic issues in the school.
“We want the white paper on the visitation panel report earlier submitted to Mr. Governor to be released. Workers are still being humiliated by the incumbent administration on the campus, and promotions are being carried without the implementation of Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS 16),” Mr Ero-Philips said.
Also speaking, the vice-chairman of the school’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Olugbenga Abdulsalaam, noted that the message is simply to let the government know that workers are united against the decision to exclude them in the minimum wage implementation.
“We met with our governing council and the management over this matter, and we have stated our position clearly,” Mr Abdulsalaam said on the phone”.