Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), locked the gates of the institution’s main campus in Ikorodu on Wednesday over non-payment of their March salary.
The union has been on strike since January over their demand for the Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS) 15 migration which would see workers moving from one salary grade level to the other.
There has been disagreement between the union and the institution’s Governing Council over the implementation of the CONTISS 15 since 2016.
However, things took an alarming turn on Wednesday when members of the union locked the entrance gate to the school and sent those found on campus away. The Union members also went to the LASPOTECH staff school and sent the pupils and teachers home.
The Nation gathered that the workers who had been receiving salary since the strike began in January, were shocked when they were not paid for March.
A member of staff who refused the give her name after finding her way to get into the premises, told The Nation that representatives of the Union held a meeting with the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri Okunola on Tuesday but “I don’t know the outcome of the meeting,” she said.
It was learnt the Rector, Mr Samuel Sogunro, left the campus for Alausa to discuss the crisis with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
When contacted, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Public Relations, Mr Olanrewaju Kuye, said the salaries had not been paid because those responsible for its preparation were not allowed to work.
“We are on strike. We cannot go to our offices so how can we work? How can salaries be paid? We only go round our offices but cannot enter. That is why the salaries have not been paid,” he said.
Around 4pm, Policemen arrived and ordered the workers to re-open the gate. They remained on campus patrolling the area as at press time.