The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP,) Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo has explained why it suspended its ongoing strike to press for some demands.
A statement by the Union Chairman, Com Rafiu Ijawoye and Secretary, A. S Obadoye after an emergency congress said the suspension was to give room for negotiations with the committee set up by the institution’s visitor and governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
That statement however clarified that the strike was suspended for six weeks after which a congress would be convened to review progress for further actions on the negotiations.
The Union emphasized that the institution’s management must immediately pay the part time claims for the course taught in the first semester, 2016/2017 academic session.
The Union appreciated Governor Akeredolu for his readiness to turn around things for the wellbeing of staff and students as soon as possible to maintain industrial harmony between the Union, management and the government.
It would be recalled that Part of the demands of the lecturers include Payment of 16 months CONPOCASS arrears by the management of the Institution effective from July 2009; Payment of 10 months unpaid staff salaries for the months of June 2016 to January 2017 as well as July and August 2017; Payment of 2015 and 2016 promotion arrears.