The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has renounced its proposed strike till further notice to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the Federation

ASUP President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe,  in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja, said that the union’s 97th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting had decided to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government over its inabilities to meet up the union’s demand. 

The 15-day ultimatum took effect on March 18 and expired on April 3.

Consequent upon the inability of government to keep to agreements entered into with our union since 2010 and the avoidable shortcomings associated with payment of February salaries in federal polytechnics, our union’s 97th NEC meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action.
Consequent upon the inability of government to keep to agreements entered into with our union since 2010 and the avoidable shortcomings associated with payment of February salaries in federal polytechnics, our union’s 97th NEC meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action.

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Resulting from the inability of the Government to keep to agreement entered with our union since 2010 and the shortcomings associated with payment Of February salaries in federal polytechnics. 

He said “This was after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18 and which expired on April 3,”. 

The Union’s President went further ahead to list the fundamentals of the dispute with the government to include avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the IPPIS payment platform in polytechnics with February salaries, against the union’s understandings with the responsible agency of government.

Other reasons he said were the inability of the government to pay salaries a in some state-owned institutions in the country , with some state owing salaries as far back as 17 months as well as continued victimisation of the union’s officials in some institutions.

He also mentioned some  issues as non-release of the agreed rejuvenate fund in place of the anticipated implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Survey Report for Public Polytechnics, since 2014.

“Non-conclusion of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government; violations of extant provisions of the Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment) by the governing councils of some polytechnics.

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