Labour issues 14-day ultimatum over planned Ekiti varsity sackings
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.”