The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced that the Union is ready to proceed with the planned indefinite nationwide strike which has been scheduled to commence today, December 12, 2018. The National President of the union, Usman Dutse, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
According to Mr Dutse, the strike became necessary as a last resort to the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements which the government made with the union.
Mr Dutse also disclosed that the strike will be comprehensive and that all polytechnics will halt all academic activities until further notice. He added that all members have been issued a notice to comply and down tools by midnight of December 12.
He listed the 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.
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.
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.
Below is an extract of ASUP’s National Presidents’s statement;
“We are commencing our strike tomorrow, December 12 as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back. There is an invitation to a meeting on December 17, but the union will still commence the 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,”