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Indefinite strike: Court strikes out motion against LASPOTECH staff union

Following the recent indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Unions in the Lagos State Polytechnic and the subsequent motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the State government before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the unions from embarking on another strike action, the Unions has describe the information as false.

According to a statement exclusively obtained by InsideMainland, the LASPOTECH Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP)  And The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) urged students, staff of the Polytechnic and the public to ignore the rumour of the ex-parte order the court granted the State government to force the suspension of the ongoing strike by the Unions.

The Unions describe the information as false and a deliberate attempt “by the Lagos State functionaries/LASPOTECH management to cause and create confusion among the members of the unions.”

In addition, the Unions declared that the strike continues indefinitely until all demands are met.

The full statement read: “Kindly ignore the rumour making rounds in media that, an ex-parte order has been granted the state to force the suspension of the ongoing strike by the unions. This information is false, and it is a deliberate attempt by the Lagos State functionaries/ LASPOTECH management to cause and create confusion among the members of the unions.

“We therefore appeal to the management to desist from this unhealthy and cheap propaganda  as it doesn’t portray them in good light, and allow the court to do its work.

“What they failed to achieve through the court can’t be achieved through propaganda. It is true that they filed an ex-parte order in court twice (on 1st and 3rd August) respectively, and the court struck out the motion on the two occasions.

“The court ruling goes thus: “Order granted as prayed. The claimants motion ex-parte filed on August 1, 2017 at pages 1 to 59 of the courts record  is accordingly struck out as prayed for by the claimants counsel” this was granted by the court after the government counsel apply for withdrawal of the on filed document of August 1.

“They do this to perfect their documents, and re-filed same on the 3rd of August, and the dismiss their motion! Saying “…In the circumstance, I find and hold that the claimants have failed to satisfy the court on the urgency of this application. I therefore decline to grant this motion ex-parte and dismiss same”.

“It is evident that the management has failed in securing an order through the back door to frustrate the unions legitimate fight on their demands for arrears of migration, the case hence was adjourned to 15th August for us to show appearance, but going by the court summons, victory to the unions is sure in sha Allah! because, the management’s claims were filled with untrue statements and flawed documents.

“Therefore, dear congress men and women, it’s your support and prayers that we need as we prepare to meet them in court come 15th August 2017. So,  no cause for alarm, as victory is near! Aluta continua!!

“The attempt to get back door injunction was struck out, yet they went to press giving order. Just embarrassing the state.

“In response to the news that the National Industrial Court granted the motion Exparte ordering members of our Union to resume work, we make bold to say that the motion exparte  was dismissed.

“Therefore we reiterate the fact that it is only the court that can order resumption, kindly ignore ALL or ANY directive from the office of the PRO or ANY other agent of the administration.”

Meanwhile, InsideMainland gathered the students of the institution led by the Student Union executives walked out on the organizers of Lagos State Government sponsored Ready Set Work initiative to protest the ongoing strike.

It took the intervention of the Deputy Registrar (Public Relations & Information), Mr. Olanrewaju Kuye before normalcy could return at the venue of the programme, InsideMainland learnt.

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