ASUP has issued a one-month strike ultimatum.
NaijaNews reports that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has given the government a one-month deadline to resume strike action.
After reaching an agreement with the government, the union decided to call off its 61-day strike in June 2021.
ASUP’s national president, Anderson Uzeibe, told journalists at the end of the 102nd National Executive Council meeting in Yola that the decision was necessary because the government failed to implement key aspects of the memorandum of action signed with the union nine months ago.
According to Uzeibe, the government has yet to release the first tranche of the N800 billion revitalization fund, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari nine months ago.
Other issues include nonpayment of outstanding arrears of minimum wage, non-release of reviewed normative instruments for institutions, management, and accreditation, breach of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnic Act as amended in 2019, and delay in the appointment of rectors.
Uzeibe warned that so long as the government and other proprietors in the polytechnic system continue to violate laws and signed agreements, the union would not hesitate to down tool, saying industrial action had become the most potent way for workers to pressurise government.
“Following exhaustive deliberation, the union’s National Executive Council has resolved to give the government a further one month as an ultimatum to address the outstanding issues as listed or face a review of the suspended industrial action by our union,” he stated.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have been on strike for over a month.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have also joined last Monday, grounding academic activities in public universities as a result.
The unions have been at loggerheads with the federal government, accusing the government of failing to fulfil most of their demands.