The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) stated that its strike had not been completely suspended.
This is even though the union claimed the federal government had only met four of its demands.
According to the Saturday NotchPLUG, the union had directed its members to return to work on Monday, May 30, 2022, following a two-week warning strike that began on May 16, 2022.
In an interview with our correspondent, Anderson Ezeibe, the National President of ASUP, stated that it was incorrect for individuals to claim that the union had suspended its strike.
“It is necessary to clarify this,” he said. We did not call a halt to the ASUP strike. We went on a two-week warning strike, after which we told our members that they could return to work pending the outcome of the National Executive Council meeting. As a result, I believe it is incorrect to claim that the strike has been completely suspended.
“Only four of the nine demands have been met. The start of the new minimum wage arrears payment in all affected federal polytechnics, isolated cases of underpayment and omissions, and the approval and release of regulatory instruments for accreditation of institutions, management, and programs are all being handled at the institution level.
“Four regulatory instruments that address issues surrounding accreditation activities were approved and released to the public through the NBTE website in 2021.”
“This issue will provide a policy framework for dealing with issues in state-owned institutions.” Implementation has already begun, with a decision being made on the situation at the Abia State Polytechnic, where salaries have been owed for 34 months. The owner (Abia State Government) has been properly informed.
“A decision has also been reached on the thorny issue of union(ASUP) officials’ being victimized at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, where five of our officers were dismissed for participating in the union’s 2017 strike.”
“The issue of continued violations of the Federal Polytechnics Act, as exemplified by the Federal Ministry of Education’s release of a contentious template for the appointment of principal officers, was also addressed, as the document is due to be withdrawn as agreed.”
“As a result, there are still issues that haven’t been addressed.”
The issues that have yet to be addressed, according to Ezeibe the ASUP president, include “the release of the approved N15 billion revitalization fund for the sector.” This issue is still stuck in the Federal Ministry of Finance, with the Education Ministry promising to follow up.
“Release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre; this issue is still pending before the committee established to resolve the dispute over the contested 2014/15 verification report.”