Labour is­sues 14-day ul­ti­ma­tum over planned Ek­iti var­sity sack­ings

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

The or­gan­ised labour in Ek­iti State on Mon­day warned the man­age­ment of the Ek­iti State Univer­sity Teach­ing hospi­tal, Ado Ek­iti, against the plan to sack work­ers.

The state chair­men of Trade Union Congress, Sola Adi­gun; Nige­ria Labour Congress, Ko­lapo Olatunde; and Joint Ne­go­ti­at­ing Coun­cil, Kay­ode Fatomiluyi, said the man­age­ment needed to halt the plan to avert in­dus­trial dishar­mony in the state.

The labour lead­ers, who spoke with jour­nal­ists in Ado Ek­iti after a closed-door ses­sion with the hospi­tal man­age­ment, is­sued a 14day ul­ti­ma­tum within which the man­age­ment should find a way to re­solve the is­sues sur­round­ing the planned sack­ing and ef­fect pay­ment of all out­stand­ing salaries, de­duc­tions and other ben­e­fits to avert with­drawal of ser­vices by the staff of the in­sti­tu­tion.

Adi­gun said, “When we came for this in­ter­face, we thought it was ru­mour that work­ers will be sacked. But we have con­firmed the plan to sack our peo­ple here. We can­not al­low our mem­bers to be work­ing under a con­di­tion of ser­vice that is not palat­able. They should not be in a hurry to sack be­cause this will lead to our with­drawal of ser­vices.

“We have is­sued a 14-day ul­ti­ma­tum for all is­sues to be re­solved. Sack should not be a New Year pack­age for our mem­bers be­cause many are still work­ing hard de­spite be­ing owed sev­eral months of salaries and de­duc­tions, even with­out pro­mo­tions.

“We say no to any un­jus­ti­fi­able sack of our mem­bers. What we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is not the best. A sit­u­a­tion whereby you brought a con­sul­tant to con­duct in­ter­views for work­ers and sent the names of work­ers you felt should be dis­en­gaged to the me­dia for an­nounce­ment is not fash­ion­able, it is not done like this any­where.”

he added, “Gov­ern­ment must look in­ward and in­crease its in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue. Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice has in­creased its monthly rev­enue gen­er­a­tions by plug­ging all loop­holes. There is also in­cre­ment in oil sup­ply at the in­ter­na­tional level; all these will help the Ek­iti econ­omy in 2020 so that the sub­ven­tion to the hospi­tal can be in­creased. Sack is not the best op­tion,” he said.

The TUC boss added that the or­gan­ised labour would re­sist at­tempt to sack work­ers with­out fol­low­ing public ser­vice laid down rules, say­ing sack was not the best op­tion to com­pen­sate staff that had made sac­ri­fices for ef­fec­tive health-care de­liv­ery in the hospi­tal.

The Chair­man, Joint health

Sec­tors Union, Faro­timi Omo­tola, who dis­agreed with the claim that EKSUTH had over-bloated work force, said the health fa­cil­ity was grossly un­der­staffed due to per­sis­tent brain drain be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in all de­part­ments.

The NLC chair­man, Olatunde, and his coun­ter­part in JNC, Fatomiluyi, who said EKSUTH had no gen­uine rea­son to sack work­ers, ar­gued that gov­ern­ment shouldn’t per­ceive sack as panacea to ir­reg­u­lar pay­ment of salaries and that any­thing done con­trary to the civil ser­vice rules would be re­sisted.

The head, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, EKSUTH, Mrs Ro­lake Adewumi, ex­plained that the hospi­tal was only plan­ning to re­or­gan­ise, say­ing, “This is not the same as sack.”

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