Striking LASPOTECH workers confirm meeting with HOS Committee to resolve 2-month-old industrial action

WorldStage NewsOnline—- In a bid to end the closure of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu the striking Non-Academic Staff Unions of the institution on Monday confirmed that a meeting had been fixed for Tuesday between the unions and the Lagos State Head of Service (HOS) Committee.

Mr Abiodun Awoyemi, Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) made this known in Lagos on Monday.

Awoyemi said that while the trust of the meeting was unknown, it would surely relate to how the ongoing strike by the unions and the lingering crisis in the institution would be put to rest.

“An invite was sent to the unions by the HOS to meet with the committee tomorrow but we do not know why we were invited.

“Although the unions had met with the HOS committee earlier and was directed to submit documents to serve as evidence to the allegations levied against the management; which we did.

“We are not also aware if the management would be there,’’ he said.

The chairman said that the National body of SSANIP at its 59th National Executive Committee (NEC) and General Executive Committee (GEC) quarterly meeting which ended on Friday addressed the lingering issue still affecting LASPOTECH in a communique.

“The union in its communique urged that the polytechnic’s management to revert the de-migration of its workers’ salary structure to status quo.

“It also requested that the Lagos State Government urgently intervene to resolve the crisis that has bedevilled the institution in the last three months,’’ Awoyemi said.

Members of NASUP and SSANIP, LASPOTECH Chapter had since Jan. 21 embarked on continuous protests and indefinite strike to demand for the reversal of an alleged de-migration of their salary structure by the institution’s management.

The unions had on daily basis been marching round the campus in their hundreds chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards with inscriptions as: No To De-Migration; No To Strangulation of Unions.

Major offices in the institution were also shut.

They unions said the strike was to demand a reversal of the de-migration of the Polytechnic’s workers’ salary structure from the CONTISS 15 Migration by the Polytechnic’s Rector against the Deputy Governor’s pronouncement and Court’s directive.

The Polytechnic’s management, however, said it did not de-migrate its staff as claimed but was only correcting a realignment of the salary structure as directed by the state government.

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