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Polytechnics begin nationwide strike

Valentine Chinyem

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike.

Usman Dutse, national president of the union, while speaking on the proposed strike on Tuesday, said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

“We are commencing our strike tomorrow(today) as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back,” he told NAN.

“There is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict. I don’t know what they plan to present until we meet with them.”

Duste said the strike would continue until all issues raised by the union were adequately addressed by the government.

More so, he added that said a notice has been sent to all members nationwide, who would in turn ensure that union leaders in all its branches see to it that academic activities in all the polytechnics are stopped until further notice.

He noted that the failure of the federal government and Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, to comply with the agreements reached with ASUP in 2009 and also a memorandum of action in 2017, forced the industrial action, while adding that none of the agreements had been implemented.

He listed the 10 point demands of the union to include non-implementation of NEED ASSESSMENT reports of 2014 as agreed with the minister at the meeting of October 2017.

“They are lack of seriousness in the renegotiation in the union’s 2010 agreement; non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre; non-release of arrears of promotions and shortfalls in personnel releases as well as non-payment of allowances,” he said.

“Other agitations are non-payment of salaries in many state-owned polytechnics, non-payment of union check off dues, pension deductions and other statutory deductions from staff salaries to the appropriate bodies, continue victimisation of union officers.”