The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) are making plans to embark on an indefinite strike on February 25th, following the expiration of two weeks notice given to the federal government.
The Polytechnic lecturers which are under the auspices of ASUP had on February 11 issued a two weeks ultimatum urging the federal government to immediately implement the agreement it reached with the union which led to the suspension of its strike last July.
While addressing reporters in Abuja during the weekend at the national executive council (NEC) meeting of the union, the President of ASUP, Comrade Chibuzor Asomuga expressed disappointment over the government’s failure to implement the agreement it reached with the union.
He said in July 2014, ASUP suspended the strike on the plea of the Hon Minister of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau who just resumed as minister then. He said the minister had requested for a three month moratorium to enable him tackle the lingering problems.
“Unfortunately and sadly too, since the suspension of that strike and despite our strong reminders to government on the pending issues and repeated assurances from the minister, none of the issues has been addressed to a logical conclusion”, he said.
“In a strange twist, rather, and without recourse to the content and spirit of the understanding on which the union suspended the strike, the Federal Ministry of Education on the 26th of January 2015, under the guise of a proposed verification exercise, issued a circular directing the suspension of the CONTISS 15 Salary Structure which implementation dates back to 2009, thereby, creating further confusion in the sector.
“This development is provocative, ill timed, retrogressive, and is a flagrant breach of the trust and character of the agreement that led to the suspension of the strike in July, 2014. We are lost as to the real intent and objective of the Federal Ministry of Education in stirring the hornet’s nest at a time when our nation is in the throes of a challenging transition.”
Mr. Asomugo concluded that the union had therefore resolved that at the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum, the Union has issued to Government beginning from 11th February, 2015 on the pending issues, ASUP shall embark on an indefinite strike action until all the ongoing anomalies in the Polytechnics are addressed and the 13 point demand pending before Government implemented.