ASUU strike: LAUTECH resumption date 2017 is announced! Is the problem solved? What about the trade unions? Will students get to go back to class? Find all the answers in our article.
Hot news about the resumption of activities at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Campuses! The LAUTECH Board of Governors has confirmed the restoration of academic activities in the institution.
Recall that the institution was closed in June 2016 as a result of a strike protesting against the non-payment of wages.
Jacob Agboola, the Registrar of the institution, has shared a statement to this effect. It declared that the students of LAUTECH are directed to come back to continue their studies at the University on the 15th of September 2017. It also added that the full academic activities will commence immediately. More details will be specified by Senate.
He added that the governing ouncil highly appreciated the efforts of the Oyo and Osun States’ Governors (Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola) to provide LAUTECH with financial assistance. It was through their help that the school was able to return to the regular schedule.
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However, contrary to this development, the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) and other trade unions of LAUTECH say that they don’t have any information about this day of resumption. In addition, the unions announced that they would not submit to any decree by the governing council to resume activities.
The school's ASUU head Biodun Olaniran and Joint Action Committee (JAC) head Muraina Alesinloye said that they are not concerned with the reopening as, for all intents and purposes, the union is still on strike.
The JAC consists of the Nigerian Universities’ Senior Staff Association, Non-Academic Staff Union and National Association of Academic Technologists. The ASUU head announced that the trade union didn’t even know about the date of resumption proclaimed by governing council. He added that the trade union started its strike because its requirements were not being considered by the government of Oyo and Osun States.
Biodun Olaniran said the requirements comprised of payment of eleven months’ wages, deserved academic benefits, allowances and pensions, as well as medical insurance, and career advancement. As you can see, the situation is quite complicated.
We hope that the parties will reach an agreement, all commitments will be fulfilled, and the studying process in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) will resume.