LASPOTECH TRADE DISPUTE: NASU DECLARES STRIKE ACTION OVER MIGRATION SCHEME

-Union should reason with management, says LASPOTECH PRO

-ASUP, SSANIP may join strike on Friday

Wale Jagun, Lucy Usman & Rabbiat Anjorin

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Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu main campus; protesting failure of the school’s management to pay the arrears of Migration Scheme

The academic calendar of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, suffered a major setback as one of the school’s unions declared an indefinite strike action.

Comrade Semiu Akinlawon Fasasi, Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the institution, informed journalists of the indefinite strike action at a press conference held today at the secretariat of the union in Ikorodu main campus.

The indefinite strike action, according to Comrade Fasasi, was due to the failure of the management to implement the Migration Scheme otherwise called Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary structure (CONTISS 15) as agreed.

He alleged that despite the increment in government subvention and the approval of the Polytechnic’s Governing Council, the management refused to implement the migration scheme across board, whereas, according to him, the top management officers have been benefitting from the increment and other privileges.

Members of the union later marched from the union secretariat carrying big banners to the LASPOTECH Administrative Block/Library Complex chanting solidarity songs.

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The protesters in front of the administrative block singing solidarity songs

The big banner was with ‎inscriptions such as: “No to management threat to sack”; “Pay CONTISS 15 migration and arrears to the lower cadre or De-migrate existing beneficiaries”; “No to fabrication letters and directives from State Government, Alausa, ‎against staff welfare by management”; “No to financial recklessness and wasteful spending on management staff” “No to usurpation of Governing Council’s authority by management and “No to unnecessary punishment of retirees among others”.

The NASU Chairman, Comradew Fasasi in his words, “CONTISS 15 migration is a scheme of service that had been implemented for staff on the upper cadre from level 13 and above since 2004. The letter for implementation of the scheme for staff on the lower cadre staff was effective from 2009 but the management had pleaded with the union that there was no available fund to pay the staff.

“The union agreed with the management with provision that when the school’s funding improves, the management would pay.

He alleged that the Lagos State Government administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode increased the subvention of the institution from N153m monthly to N 210m, but the management still refused to honour the 2009 agreement.

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Comrade Fasasi, NASU chairman leading the protest

“Unfortunately, ‎the management rather than paying the workers their dues, is saying that the N57m increase on the subvention by the State Government was not for staff welfare.”

The non-academic staff union chairman also claimed that an investigation into the Polytechnic account, as requested by the Governing Council when the management claimed there was no money, showed that the institution Internally Generated Revenue had increased.

He said, “The institution is so rich ‎with a sum of over N1.8bn while the total amount of the migration is just N20m monthly, as the increment for some of the staff on level 1 to 12 is between N3,000 and N20,000.”

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Members of the non-academic union during the protest today

He accused the management of spending the Polytechnic money on themselves by enjoying several allowances, while the welfare of the junior staff was neglected.

“We’ll ensure the strike was effective and its members fully comply. All administrative offices are already under locks and keys. Our members have also been directed to resume at the Administrative block every morning to continue pressing home their demands, even if it takes a year to be implemented.

“The Polytechnic will continually be in a state of unrest until our demands are met, since they do not value our peace, they will also not know peace,” Comrade Fasasi boasted.

Speaking with the media, the school’s Deputy Registrar (Information)/Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lanre Kuye, said ‎there is nothing like Migration Scheme as claimed by the unionists but rather it is an alignment with staff salary.

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Mr Samuel Sogunro, Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic

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Mr Lanre Kuye, LASPOTECH PRO

While agreeing with the protesters that the school’s subvention had just been increased, Mr Kuye stated that no authority can just pay what the unions are demanding for without an approval.

The Polytechnic’s image maker who also stated that the Rector met with the entire unions in the school on Wednesday to resolve the matter, added that the management had met the government on the issue and they directed through the budgetary affairs unit, that the demands should be put in writing to be embedded in the 2017 budget.

Mr Kuye also stated that the management want the union members to concentrate on the current payment rather than on the arrears which is now over a billion naira and would be impossible to pay now due to the current recession the country is experiencing.

THE IMPACT gathered that other unions of the polytechnic, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), may joinj the strike tomorrow.

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