Proposed strike: FG begins negotiation with ASUP

Proposed strike: FG begins negotiation with ASUP
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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Friday withdrew its notice directing members to begin a nationwide strike on August 22.

The ASUP Coordinator Zone B, Abdullahi Yalwa, made the disclosure when he briefed newsmen in Lokoja on Friday.

Yalwa said the strike was put on hold after the Federal Government opted for dialogue with ASUP to amicably address the demands that led to the issuance of the strike notice.

The ASUP zonal coordinator said the next line of action of the union would depend on the outcome of the deliberations between government and the ASUP team.

He said, “The strike notice is still in view depending on the agreement reached with the national president of our union, so the ultimatum is hanging.

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“We have mobilised all our state chapters and they are ready in case of any eventuality.”

He expressed regrets that after the nine-month strike aimed at repositioning the vocational and technical education sub-sector in 2013, no significant progress had been made in addressing the issues.

He explained that the union was forced to issue the strike notice due to the non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions and shortfall in personnel allocations.

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The others were victimisation of union officials, non-release of arrears of promotion, non-release of visitation panel reports, delay in the review of the Polytechnics Act and non-commencement of the renegotiation of the ASUP/FGN agreement of 2010 due since 2013.

“We have demonstrated enough patience and must act most appropriately in line with our mandate as a trade union.

“If they are not addressed, our members nationwide will be left with no option but to embark on a nationwide strike.”

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ASUP National President, Mr Usman Dutse, would lead its delegation.



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