By Alfred Agudiebube, Aba

Not fewer than 258 hungry workers of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba were uncerimoniously dismissed by the management of the school after owing them 16 months salary arreas.

It will be recalled that Naijawatchdog recently reported how the workers protested over the non-payment of the 16 months salary arreas owed them which resulted to threat of sack.

However, the management lived up to their threat today as a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Mrs Chinyere Eze, revealed that the dismissal of the 258 persons.

She said that their sack was in line with implementation of decision reached after a review report on verification of staff and their certificates, as approved by the state executive council in April 2019.

She explained that the process is part of the ongoing reform to reposition the institution, meet regular salary obligations as well as create necessary environment for academic excellence that the institution is known for.

She disclosed that letters of disengagement has been issued to 258 staff whose services are no longer required by the Polytechnic, adding that all affected staff will receive full severance payment in line with their condition of service.

The statement reads, “Following painstaking verification and reviews, letters have been issued to 258 staff members whose services are no longer required by the institution. 

“All the affected staff are receiving full severance payment in line with their condition of service with the school. They will also receive due outstanding salaries as other workers are being paid.”

Reacting, the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic, (SSANIP), Abia Poly, Comrade Nwachukwu Chuks, said that the action management as illegal and unacceptable to the workers.

“We have contacted our national union and NLC; they said we should not sign any letter. What they have done is illegal, null, void and unacceptable as far as our union is concerned. 

“In a work environment, there is a place for collective bargaining. There is room for discussion and negotiation. 

“As long as they have already called the union, discussing and dialoguing; whatever they have done unilaterally is illegal and unacceptable.”

FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH

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