Agboola Fesobi, Owo
The Management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), has adopted the “no work no pay” policy.
This effect was contained in a statement, which was signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Yemi Suleeman.The statement noted that while workers have the right to proceed on strike, Management also has the right to withhold the employees wages for the duration of the strike.
It said: ” It is of note that any worker of the polytechnic who takes part in a strike, shall not be entitled to any wages or other remunerations for the period of the strike, and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all right dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudicial affected accordingly.
“It should be noted that the doctrine of no work, no pay is not punitive, it is not a punishment when an employee only gets a predetermined salary reward for his or her performance, energy and effort in a productive task.
“The management wishes to establish the fact that when there is no contribution, there is no compensation in return, it is a covenant between two parties that provides for equal and reciprocal responsibility, therefore no work, no pay is a principle adopted not to pay salaries to workers when they are on strike.
“Also, in line with labour law ,it is a fact that strike notice is a notice of an intended breach of contract of employment by employees, However, members of staff are advised to note that the contract of employment is between individual employees and management, and not with the union”.
According to the statement, subsequently, management will treat all strike notice as notice of intentions to breach the contractual obligation between individual employees and management as entrenched in our labour law and judicial pronouncements.
It said, ‘For the avoidance of doubt, management wishes to state that it recognizes the important role of trade union in promoting the welfare of workers, it remain committed to fostering healthy working relationship among all stakeholdesr.
“The management therefore wishes to reiterate its determination to remain committed to the fulfillment of the aims and objectives for which the institution was established and will not allow the derailment of these objectives under any guise.
“The unions are advised against using their position as an excuse to violate the contract of agreement between employees and the management, an act which the management noted is capable of derailing the realization of the main objectives for which the polytechnic was established.