THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike over federal government’s failure to implement various agreements it reached with the union in the past.
ASUP National President, Mr. Usman Dutse made this known on Wednesday in a press release.
He said that a 21-day ultimatum issued by ASUP to the federal government on October 2 has elapsed since November.
“We have zonal coordinators and a monitoring team, zone by zone, all over the country. Already from the report we are getting, we are satisfied with the level of compliance from all our zones but we are reviewing the day’s activity in a meeting now”, Dutse said.
Dutse stated categorically that the union will be kicking-off the strike on Wednesday, December 12, as “government has failed to implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed”.
Besides failed agreements, he lamented that “the institutions are not funded.
“The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place.”
“We have states that are owing about 14-month salaries. Some owe eight months. Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi are owing up to as long as 14 months,” he noted.
The latest strike action is coming barely a month after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced its own strike on November 4.