ASUP Declares 2-week Warning Strike May 16

ASUP Declares 2-week Warning Strike May 16

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnics, (ASUP) has on Wednesday, declared a two-week warning strike  which begin on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The declaration of strike came after the expiration of the one month ultimatum by ASUP to the Federal Government on April 4, which expired on May 4.

Speaking  after its emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja, the President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, said the that the decision to proceed on strike was as a result of the government inability to address their nine points demands.

The national president revealed that the union was being considerate by declaring just two weeks strike as it has been patient waiting on the government to act on its demands.

“Our ultimatum actually expired on April 4, 2022. Since then, we have been very patient with the government. We shunned the May 9 meeting with the government because we were told the meeting would be with other unions. We did not declare three months, we only declared two weeks and that is because we are being considerate,” he said.

He called on the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shut down of the sector.

Among the contentious issues are the non-release of the approved revitalisation fund for the sector, non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage, non-release of the reviewed normative instruments for the institution/management and programmes accreditation.

Other demands include the delay in the appointment of reactors, non-release of the scheme of service for polytechnics, continued victimisation of union officers, among others.

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