One week after the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) chapter embarked on an indefinite strike which crippled academic activities in the institution, the Union has reiterated that there is no going back.
This development was communicated in a press statement obtained by InsideMainland where the Union stressed that all academic activities remained suspended until the management meets it’s demand.
In the statement signed by its Secretary Olayinka Uthman, the Union berates the Polytechnic management for sponsoring what it described as a ‘mischievous release’ as the outcome of its meeting with representatives of the Lagos State Government at Alausa on Wednesday 26th April, 2017.
It would be recalled that ASUP LASPOTECH reached the decision to embark on the indefinite strike after its emergency congress held on Thursday 20th April, 2017.
The strike, which began on Friday 21st April, according to the Chairman, Akinrinlola Ibitoye, became necessary “due to the insensitive act of the management to honor the agreement reached with the union on the payment of the CONTISS 15 migration arrear.”
Explaining the need to continue on the indefinite strike, the Uthman said “Throughout the 7 hours meeting, the Unions (ASUP, NASU & SSANIP) were never directed to summon Congresses to call off the ongoing strike. There was a suggestion that the Unions should inform their Congresses about the new ‘development,’ and the Unions equally suggested that the Rector should rather call a town hall meeting to address all staff on the ‘black market’ proposition of Permanent Secretaries (OSAE and ESTAB). Both the Unions and the Rector couldn’t agree on anything.
“The Union was reliably informed that the Rector had lobbied the Permanent Secretaries to support his idea of short changing our members, by declaring that 81 Months of the arrears should be jettisoned, while the Unions be forced to sign for only Six (6) Months. Of course, this is not new to us, the Rector started the plots long before now, you will all recall our last town hall meeting where this anti-people’s idea was mooted.”
Uthman continued that “the Union totally kick against the imposition of obnoxious and ‘back door’ policy of a Ministry on our Institution. Hence, the reliance on the policy of the Ministry that Government cannot pay more than a maximum of six (6) months arrears is alien to us, and is NOT equally known to any Tertiary Institutions (LASU, AOCOED and MOCPED) in the state.”
While maintaining its stand and condemning the actions of the management, the Union Secretary said “the Union strongly stand on the mandate of the Congress and have refused to be coerced by the Management into agreement that is not only selfish, inhuman but also contrary to the mandate of the Congress.
“The Union also condemn in its totality the massive militarisation of the campuses, and proliferation of unlicensed arms and ammunition by the Management to intimidate and harass members of the Unions and generality of staff.”
Uthman howeverconcluded that the Union is “doing everything to ensure that its members are not short-changed and peace is restored to the campus.”