The academic staff of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta, Ogun State have announced the suspension of their ‘work to rule’ industrial action for two weeks.
According to reports, academic activities are expected to begin at the institution on Monday.
The chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, MAPOLY chapter, Kola Abiola, disclosed this on Friday in Abeokuta.
He said the union took the decision at its congress held that day.
The union leader, however, hinted that the work-to-rule was only suspended for two weeks to enable the authorities to meet certain demands.
The communique issued at the end of the meeting partly read, “After exhaustive deliberation on the aforementioned, the Congress hereby resolved that the work-to-rule industrial action embarked upon since 15th September 2017 be suspended with immediate effect given that the conditions stated below are met within the next two weeks (Monday 23rd October – Friday 3rd November 2017).”
The lecturers had embarked on the industrial action shortly before the scheduled second-semester examinations of the polytechnic fixed for September 15, 2017.
This was a fallout of controversy which greeted the upgrade of MAPOLY into the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology and the creation of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
Abiola further explained that they suspended the strike to honour the newly appointed Acting Rector, Mr. Ayodeji Tella, who had held a meeting with the academic staff of the institution and made “various promises”.
The union leader, however, lamented that 60 per cent of staff salaries for the month of September was yet to be paid, and there was no hope that October salaries would also be 100 per cent.
He said, “We have seen the need to shift ground to enable them to agree to some of the things. When it is two weeks and these things are not met, congress will decide the next line of action.
“Our decisions were not borne out of intimidation. At the end of the two weeks, if these conditions are not met, then the union would have no choice but to declare industrial dispute with the management of MAPOLY.”
When asked on the new the date for the commencement of the stalled examinations, he replied, “it is the prerogative of the management to arrange the calendar and decide when to start examination.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )