ASUP to begin nationwide strike April 6

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP)
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP)
Anderson U Ezeibe, President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP)
Anderson U Ezeibe, President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP)

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has said it will begin a nationwide strike from April 6, 2021.

ASUP said the strike is over the alleged “culture of neglect by the government on issues affecting the technological education sub sector.’’

Anderson U Ezeibe, ASUP President, at the end of the 99th meeting of the National Executive Council of the union at Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina, told reporters that the industrial action was informed by six key factors affecting polytechnic education.

Ezeibe said the government has consistently failed to address them over the years.

The issues, according to him, include non-implementation of ASUP/FG agreement of 2010, non-payment of salaries and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned Polytechnics, among others.

While also admitting a meeting with the Federal Government has been held in October 2020 on some of the pending issues, the union, however, insisted the outcome of the meeting was a write off as the government failed to implement the resolutions reached.

The union further listed 10 conditions under which the proposed April 6 industrial action may be called off to include: Implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014, reconstitution of the Governing Councils of Polytechnics, release of Promotional areas in federal Polytechnics, among others.

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