The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has concluded plan to begin indefinite and comprehensive strike by Monday, November 13 over what it described as “government lips service to the sub- sector.”
Addressing journalists after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union, yesterday, ASUP president, Comrade Usman Dutse, said the action became necessary because the sector is on the verge of collapsing, saying the union could “not continue to be complacent in the face of imminent and seemly strategic annihilation of a sector that feeds and caters for millions of youths and families.”
According to Dutse, some of the union’s grievance with the government include none implementation of the NEEDS assessment report, non – passage of the amendment bill of the polytechnics Act, the sorry state of state – government owned institutions and shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances.
Others, according to him are; none release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears, infractions in the appointment of Rectors, and continued victimisation of union officers.
He lamented that, despite the 21 day ultimatum given by the government to address the issues in dispute, it did not show commitment to solving them.
“Recently, efforts to address these issues led to the convening, on the 24th of October 2017, of a conciliatory meeting by the federal Ministry of Labour in Abuja. Curiously, the ministry in the eye of the storm (The Federal Ministry of Education) was so poorly represented that no memorandum of action was agreed upon.
“In view of the above, our union, rising from this emergency meeting, hereby resolved to commence an indefinite and comprehensive strike effective 13th November, 2017. This action shall be sustained until our demands are met or an implementable memorandum of action is agreed upon by our union and relevant agencies of government,” he said.