Lecturers at the University of Ibadan have warned that they can no longer guarantee industrial peace in the ivory tower until they receive all their outstanding promotion arrears.
The lecturers, under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities-UI chapter, made this known in a letter sent to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, on Sunday.
ASUU Chairman, Dr. Deji Omole, and the Secretary, Dr. Peter Olapegba, signed the letter titled “Promotion of arrears of academic staff.”
The letter read, “It has come to the notice of the ASUU-UI branch that promotion arrears will only be paid for one year henceforth as stated on two occasions by the university bursar during our meetings with the management of the school. Our union wishes to state unequivocally that this position/decision is totally unacceptable to us as a union and it is inimical to the welfare of our people and against any logic we can think of.
“Our position and decision against this proposed policy is informed by the following consideration: Those whose promotions were announced early enough have already been paid the full benefits of their arrears. How then can two people promoted the same year be treated differently on payment of arrears? Promotion arrears are not a privilege but earned salary of individuals, which must be fully paid. If the university administration goes ahead with this policy, the industrial harmony existing in the university cannot be guaranteed.”
The union said that its preoccupation was the protection of the welfare of its members and that ‘nothing would be left undone’ in discharging the stated responsibility, adding that, already, it had notified the national body of the union.