Sacked staff of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, have rejected the gesture by the State Government to absorb them into the civil service through the Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, on the basis that it contradicts their conditions of appointment .
Furthermore, they claim it is a ploy to demote them and subject them to psychological trauma.
Speaking through a letter by their legal Counsel, Mr Banjo Ayenakin, they said, “While our clients appreciate the gesture and interest of the Ondo State governor, the planned redeployment or transfer of service is clearly unacceptable to our clients. To put the record straight, our clients were employed by RUGIPOLY at different times; they had their appointments regularised and confirmed by the governing council of the institution. Our clients were subsequently promoted by virtue of their commitment, industry and hard work to the institution. It was a rude shock when our clients were given mass retrenchment or disengagement under the guise that the schools were not yielding enough revenue and that the management intended to privatise the institution.” The affected staff noted that, “The offer to redeploy or transfer our clients to the Ondo State Teaching Service Commission is contrary to the conditions of appointment of our client and the said redeployment is a ploy to demote our clients and subject them to psychological trauma. It must be noted that the conditions of employment of our clients; among which are grade level and year of retirement in the two services are different. While the non-teaching staff of RUGIPOLY retires at age 65; those of the teaching service commission retire at 60.”