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STRIKE: ASUP Joins ASUU, Kickstarts Two-Week Warning Strike

STRIKE: ASUP Joins ASUU, Kickstarts Two-Week Warning Strike
  • PublishedMay 12, 2022

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared a two-week strike over the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.

The strike is scheduled to begin on May 16.

ASUP announced its resolve to embark on the industrial action in a statement signed by Anderson Ezeibe, its national president, after an emergency national executive council (NEC) meeting on Wednesday.

It called on the relevant stakeholders to engage the government to address its demands within the two weeks to avoid an indefinite strike.

The statement reads in part, “Following exhaustive deliberations, on the update as outlined above, the emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council has resolved that members should withdraw their services in a two weeks industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022,” the statement read.

“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the 2 weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shut down of the sector.”

Justifying the strike, the union said in June last year, it had suspended its industrial action which started on April 6, after it signed a memorandum of action (MoA) with the government.

ASUP, however, claimed the federal government failed to honour the agreement after nine months despite issuing a month ultimatum on April 4, 2022.

The statement claims that, the union’s unmet demands by the federal government include, “none release of the approved revitalisation fund for the sector: Approved N15bn yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.”

Others are: “None release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.

“None release of the reviewed normative instruments for institution/management and programmes accreditation: The document is currently awaiting approval of the Management of NBTE.

“This document is expected to provide a framework to address non-payment of salaries in state-owned institutions, non-compliance with approved retirement age, non-deployment of approved salary structures, poor governance structure as well as other issues affecting standards, particularly in state-owned Polytechnics.”

The development comes amid the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ASUU had on February 14 declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.

But on March 14, the union extended the industrial action by eight weeks, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.

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