Latest: ASUP Set to Embark on Nationwide Strike April 6th
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has announced that it will embark on a nationwide strike from April 6, 2021. According to the union, this is due to the culture of neglect by the government on issues affecting the technological education sub-sector.
ASUP President, Anderson U Ezeibe, speaking after the 99th meeting of the National Executive Council of the union at Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina disclosed that this decision was informed by six key factors affecting polytechnic education.
He said the issues include non-implementation of the ASUP/FG agreement of 2010, non-payment of salaries, and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned Polytechnics, among others.
The union further listed conditions under which the proposed April 6 industrial action may be called off to include: Implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014, reconstitution of the Governing Councils of Polytechnics, the release of Promotional areas in federal Polytechnics, among others.
Earlier: ASUP Threatens Strike Action Over IPPIS
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on strike action over the implementation of IPPIS. See the full details below.
Following a 21-day ultimatum by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) to the Federal Government over issues associated with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on strike if the Federal Government fail to address the issues.
ASUP President, Anderson Ezeobe disclosed this in Abuja, stressing that the 15-day ultimatum issued by the union remains valid. He stated that the union chapters have been mandated by the National Executive Council to hold congresses to map out the way forward on the issue.
Ezeobe remarked, We understand that the pandemic has altered a lot of dynamics and so with the feedback we get from our members, we can come back and say, we are shutting down or giving a particular date. So we are waiting for directives that will come from our congress.
Concerning the proposed reopening of schools, the ASUP President said polytechnics are not safe for resumption because the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols for schools reopening was not available. He added that the union will hold the government accountable for any outbreak in any of its campuses.
Earlier: ASUP Suspends Planned Strike Due To Coronavirus Concerns
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has disclosed that it has suspended its planned industrial action due to overriding national interest and humanity especially at this time that the nation is battling COVID-19 (Coronavirus) but will resume at a more favourable time.
The union had earlier during its 97th National Executive Council meeting resolved to embark on industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020. The ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.
However, theASUPs national president, Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement made available to newsmensaid the strike would no longer go on as initially proposed as there are concerns at the unacceptable rate of the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic across the nation and its debilitating consequences on the nations economy and people.
He noted that one of the key aspects of their dispute with the government included avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the IPPIS payment platform in polytechnics in February 2020 salaries against the unions understanding with relevant government agencies.
Earlier: ASUP Issues Strike Notice to Federal Government
ASUP Strike: The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet its demand, or else it will embark on strike.
The union spoke Thursday through its President, Anderson Ezeibe, at the end of the 97th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State.
Ezeibe expressed disappointment about the challenges witnessed in the payment of February salary via the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform and urged the government to rectify the issues before the payment of March salary.
ASUP said: All the issues associated with the poor implementation of the IPPIS at federal polytechnics should be resolved before the payment of March salary. The Federal Government should ensure payment of withheld salary of workers at member-institutions in Abia, Benue, Imo, Edo, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, and Kogi states. It should look into non-implementation and release of arrears of the consequential from the new minimum wage law as they relate to salaries of our members in states.
Also, part of the grievance of the union is unilateral suspension of the 2010 FGN/ASUP agreement renegotiation, which has stopped for almost two years without any cogent reason; the deliberate abuse of the 2019 Federal Polytechnics Act as amended by some federal polytechnics with the tacit support of the representatives of the National Board for Technical Examination (NBTE) and Federal Ministry of Education. Such activities present such institutions as lawless entities and are capable of breeding anarchy.
Victimisation of union officials due to their participation in lawful struggles were among other issues raised at the meeting.
The union is hereby issuing a 15-day ultimatum to the government with effect from March 18.