As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike clocks a month today, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) is preparing to embark on a nationwide strike from Wednesday, 12 December 2018.
This was made known by the National President of the Union, Usman Duste in a telephone interview with newsmen on Wednesday morning.
Confirming the plan, Usman said the strike has become necessary because the Federal Government had failed to meet the demands of the polytechnic lecturers.
He explained that the Union during its strike in November last year, after series of meetings held between the union ’s leadership and the federal government had suspended their strike action, adding that government has done nothing to buy their trust.
He said; “It is the resolution of the last meeting we held. We are going on strike for the same old issue which is the violation of the agreement. We went on strike November last year. We suspended that strike after we signed a Memorandum of Settlement and Action with the government. The issue is that of the things we signed, a lot of them have timelines for implementation.
“As we speak, none of the items, eight of them, have been implemented. Our allowances are still held. In Abia State Polytechnic, they are being owed for 11 months. So how do you continue to work under this condition?” He queried. Ezeibe stated that the strike action was based on their conviction and the issue they have on ground and not in any way aimed at joining striking ASUU.
“We are going on strike based on our own conviction, based on our own issue. We think that we have given the government enough time to act. We met with the government in October and they appealed for time, and we gave them till the end of November and by the end of November, nothing has happened,” he added.
It could be recalled that the union had since November last year embarked on the industrial action due to the Federal government’s failure to implement all the agreements it entered with them since 2016.