Workers of the Federal University Oye Ekiti have given management of the institution seven days ultimatum to correct the alleged irregularities in the just concluded promotion exercise or face industrial action.
The workers also called for an improvement in the welfare packages for workers to boost their morale.
The decision of the workers was part of resolutions reached during a special congress held at the main entrance of the university.
The workers under the platforms of NASU and SSANU chanted solidarity songs to show their grievances over the action of the management to their plights.
Speaking with Roundoffnews, chairman of NASU Comrade Ayodele Ojumo-Ola and his counterpart from SSANU , Comrade Yekin Oyelowo explained that the VC and other management team of the institution deliberately favoured their allies and cronies in the last promotion exercise while many candidates who merited and passed the examination were denied.
The union leaders said “How can somebody who scored 92marks be denied a promotion while his colleague from the same department who scored 90 was promoted or how do you justify a situation whereby people who scored 70 and above were denied promotion, is 70 not a pass mark?
“We worked for a whole year and during festivity the management failed to give any incentive to workers to show love and at least encourage them.
“This is only peculiar to FUOYE the welfare here is bad, we have been to several institutions and we know what is obtainable there, we brought templates on some of the affected areas but up till now management had failed to implement them.
The workers however vowed to embark on strike if the management failed to do the needful.
Reacting, the Deputy Director, Corporate Services FUOYE Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa said the protest by the workers was unnecessary saying promotions were done based on lay down principles and supervised by the Ministry of Education adding that the current management of the university and those saddled with the responsibility to handle the promotion exercise would not engage in any unlawful tendencies that could mar their hard earn reputation.
He said the allegation of poor welfare could not also be substantiated urging the workers to maintain peace and cooperate with management for growth of the institution.
Christmas gift is a privilege and not a right, and if all workers are agitated about such issue, there are better ways to reach the management rather than staging a protest on the very day students are expected to resume for academic activities he said.