LASPOTECH resumes as ASUP strike ends
Lecturers of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, on Monday returned to work as the one-week national warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) ended.
Mr Uthman Olayinka, General Secretary, ASUP, LASPOTECH Chapter, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his members were back in the classroom.
ASUP had, on Jan. 30, commenced a one-week warning strike to press home some demands it was making on the government. It had said that the warning strike would end on Feb. 5.
Olayinka told NAN that lectures had commenced on Monday, though the outcome of the negotiation between the union’s national body and the Federal Government had yet to be communicated to the chapter.
“As directed, we resumed today, just as the strike elapsed,’’ the union’s scribe said. According to him, a report of the negotiation between the government and the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) will still be sent to the chapter.
Olayinka said that the strike was effective in the university while it lasted, as the union members complied fully as directed. NAN reports that ASUP, in calling the strike, said it was unhappy with the state of polytechnic education in the country.
According to the union, the government had failed to commence re-negotiation of the ASUP/Government agreement of 2010, on the review of the Federal Polytechnics Act.
The union had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to resolve some pending issues during the one-week strike.