Days after the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos which urged the striking Staff Unions of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to suspend the strike action embarked upon on August 1st, 2017, the Unions have finally adhered to the resolution.
Recall that during the hearing on the notice of interlocutory injunction filed by the Lagos State Government against the striking Unions, Hon. Justice Kola-Olalere in his ruling, directed the parties involved to explore amicable resolution of the issues before the adjourned date in line with the provision of section 20 of the NIC Act, 2016.
Presently, the LASPOTECH chapter of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) have announced a suspension to the ongoing strike action. Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) of the institution are expected to announce their suspension upon completion of a Congress meeting to ensure the resumption of academic activities to the institution.
Meanwhile, the Unions reacted to the allegations that the court ordered the suspension of the strike action. Rather, the Unions in a statement signed by the LASPOTECH ASUP General Secretary, Uthman Olayinka said: “the judge made it vehemently clear that if by 27th of September 2017 when the preliminary objection will be entertained, if amicable resolution is not forthcoming, the Union can go back on strike.”
Speaking further, Uthman said the “The judge appealed to the Union through the temple of justice on behalf of the State with consideration to the students and the economy to resume work pending the hearing of preliminary objection filed by the defendants (Unions).”
He continued saying “the court ruled that a committee set up by the state to find amicable resolutions to the Unions demand should do so before the next hearing.”
With the case adjourned till 27th of September 2017, Uthman urged the Union members to “disregard the wrong information making rounds as the peddler of the news has a penchant for distorting facts and cheap blackmail.”
See a copy of the court ruling obtained by InsideMainland below.