After Owing Lecturers 9 Months Salary, Osun Sues Lecturers, Insists They Return To Work Before Negotiating

Osun State Polytechnic, Iree
Osun State Polytechnic, Iree

Osun State Government has sued lecturers of the four state-owned Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to the Industrial Court.

The state government argued that the body under which the Lecturers operate, the Council Of Academic Staff Unions of Tertiary Institutions (CASUOSTI) is not registered.

However, the South West Zonal Chapter of the Academic Staff Unions of Polytechnics (ASUP ), claimed that the government had over the years consulted with the body, which it now said is unregistered, to take some decisions.

Rising from the Southwest Zonal meeting ‎held in Iree, Osun State, spokesperson for the ASUP, Biola Akinkugbe, said that the court summon served by the Osun State Government is only meant to intimidate the workers, who are demanding for payment of their nine months salaries and other deductions of their emoluments.

In his reaction, counsel to the Osun State Government, Wale Afolabi, said that the government cannot continue to hold talks with the lecturers under the unregistered CASUOSTI. He maintained that the only option opened to the lecturers is to go back to work before any negotiation can commence.