LAUTECH lecturers threaten to resume industrial action again

Posted by Jeremiah Oke, Ibadan | 26 July 2018 | 1,633 times

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Workers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) on Wednesday threatened the Oyo State government and its Osun state counterpart that it will resume its strike action in two weeks time, if the states refuse to fulfill its agreement with the union. 

The Union in a statement jointly signed by its chairman Biodun Olaniran and the secretary, Toyin Abegunrin, said it was surprising that the governments refused to attend to their funding responsibilities of the University even after it has carried out auditing of both personnel and accounts.

LAUTECH, a higher institution jointly owned by the Osun and Oyo states government recently resumed from its eight-month-old strike after the two states agreed to pay it's outstanding debt to the purse of the institution.

The Union said the institution lacks adequate funding, members of staff were owed 10 months, promotion arrears among others.

The Union further added that apart from non-payment of salaries and other entitlements, there has been no singular infrastructural development on campus since the inception of the present administration in Oyo and Osun states.

It noted that members of staff are retiring while some other ones are leaving the University for other Universities, students' enrolment is increasing yet no employment of any kind has been made in the last 10 years.

"On Thursday 7th July 2018, a congress of the Union was held and it was resolved that the Branch will embark on Active Non-Cooperation (ANC) for three days in the first instance. The approval was sought from the National Body of our Union and the University Management was briefed (in writing) on the resolution.

"The National body of our Union accordingly sends a delegation to LAUTECH to verify whether it is true or not that the Branch is proposing to down tool. However, at the end of a congress on 20th July 2018 and in the presence of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU delegation, the Branch resolved to embark on two weeks warning strike if all the issues are not positively addressed."

Culled from Daily Trust report

Source: News Express

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