Strike: LASPOTECH students eagerly await today’s industrial court ruling

As the National Industrial Court (NIC) will resume hearing today, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in the matter instituted against Lagos State Polytechnic staff unions by Lagos State Government, students of the institution are optimistic that the strike will be called off after the court hearing.

Government has filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction before his lordship, Hon. Justice Kola-Olalere of the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the staff unions of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) from embarking on another strike action in respect of their demands for the payment of CONTISS 15 Migration Salary arrears.

The Claimants (State Government) had on August 3, 2017 filed written motions ex-parte order in the suit No. NICN/LA/368/2015) which was struck out.

The court in its ruling stated, “In the circumstance, I find and hold that the claimants have failed to satisfy the court on the urgency of this application. I therefore decline to grant this motion ex-parte and dismiss same”.

The matter was adjourned to August 15, for hearing of the motion on notice. The court in its ruling also order that the motion ex-parte, the ruling on it and the initiating process in the matter be served on the defendants.

Some of the students who spoke exclusively with BRANDINFO regarding the strike expressed their dissatisfaction and hoped the school will resume tomorrow.

Adenike Afolabi, ND 2 student of Accounting department said that;”I believe that court ruling will favour us. We are tired of sitting at home. We want to resume tomorrow.”

Julius Grace, HND 2 student of Business Administration department noted that; “enough is enough! The court should the unions to resume. There are just hindering us from writing our final exams. ”

Just last week, the national body of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) accused the LASPOTECH Rector, Mr. Samuel Sogunro of misinforming Lagos State Government regarding the payment of salary arrears which has led to the suspension of academic and non-academic activities in the school.

The National Vice President of ASUP, Mr. Timothy Oluwalogbon Ogunseye said that the national body is appalled that the Rector must have misinform the government of Lagos state by going to court to seek an injunction to hinder their union from resuming strike.

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