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Polytechnic Lecturers embark on 14 days Warning Strike


The Academic Union of Polytechnics has embarked on a 14 days warning strike and threatens indefinite strike from October 28.

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The Academic Union of Polytechnics, ASUP have embarked on a warning strike from Monday, October 9th and have threatened to go on an indefinite strike immediately after the warning strike pending when Federal Government can accede to their demands.

Among the demands of the union; Non-implementation of the report of the NEEDS assessment survey of Polytechnics; sustained shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances since December 2015; non-payment of staff salaries in some state-owned institutions; non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; infractions in the appointment process of Rectors; non-passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act and the continued victimisation of union officials.

The union also accused some state-owned polytechnics of non-payment of staff salaries, which has gone on despite repeated calls by the union for intervention. National President of the union, Usman Dutse said, “Results of the referendum presented at NEC by the chapter chairmen indicated that majority voted for indefinite strike. We decided to give government another opportunity based on a letter from the ministry intervention committee.

“For the federal government to allow the internal crisis at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi and Kaduna Polytechnic to linger on for over three months is an indication of its contempt for polytechnic and technical education.

 

“NEC is worried about the situation and wants the issues resolved to allow for the reopening of the institutions”. The warning strike is expected to last from the 9th of October to 28th October.

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