Both academic and administrative activities were paralysed on Wednesday as workers of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) commenced an indefinite strike on August 1.
The strike would “remain indefinite, total and comprehensive until the demands of the unions were met’’, a copy of the strike notice issued by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, LASPOTECH chapter, read.
Also affected in the industrial action are ASUP — the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnic.
The notice said the unions resumed their suspended strike due to a failure by the institution’s management to meet their demands following a month grace.
According to the notice, the Lagos State Government had intervened in the strike by the unions through the House of Assembly Committee on Education and that was why it was suspended then.
The statement read in part: “Congress had unanimously resolved that the committee that was to be set up by the House Committee on Education to find a lasting solution to the issues of migration arrears be given until 31st July 2017.
“Failure of which the union will resume its suspended strike without notice.
“It is rather sad to inform you that after the committee has identified substantial amount to pay 12 months as the first tranche, the management turned in a document from National Board of Technical Education to truncate an already laid process for payment.’’
“The same authentic documents which the union presented to the press on the migration arrears are the same the management now mischievously flaunt to foot-drag and frustrate all resolutions on the payment.
“The flaunted documents, if allowed to fly, will cause more harm than good, it is going to affect us all from number one person to the least cleaner and this we have warned them about.
“As it stands, dear comrades, if by 12 midnight, the 12 months arrears in the first tranche is not paid, the strike will resume on Aug. 1; it is indefinite, total and comprehensive.’’