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ASUP SUSPENDS NATIONWIDE STRIKE

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics
(ASUP) has suspended its nationwide strike 15
days after the industrial action began.
National President of ASUP, Mr Usman Duste,
announced this on Wednesday during the union’s
14th National Delegates Conference at the
Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi state.
He said the decision to suspend the strike
followed the series of meetings held between the
leadership of the union and the Federal
Government.
According to him, both parties agreed to a
Memorandum of Settlement and Action (MoS) on
each of the issues raised by the union.
“The union considered the suspension to give an
opportunity for implementation of the content of
Memorandum of Settlement and Action, and shall
be reviewed according to the timelines outlined
in the MoS,” Duste said.
The decision to commence an indefinite strike
was the outcome of the National Executive
Council meeting of ASUP which held on
November 11 at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna
State.
According to the union, the industrial action
followed the failure of the Federal Government
to implement all the agreements it entered with
them since 2016.
Some of the demands included non-
implementation of the NEEDS Assessment
Report and shortfalls in personnel releases and
withdrawal of allowances.
Others were non-passage of the amended bill of
the Polytechnic Act, alleged infractions in the
appointment of rectors, as well as improving the
conditions of state-owned institutions among
other issues.
The union had lamented that despite the long
period given to the government to address some
of the issues it had raised, government did not
consider it necessary to address the demands
for improved funding of polytechnic education in
the country.
Dutse had also told reporters after the Council
meeting that ASUP had given government
sufficient time to implement all the agreements,
saying they had no choice than to embark on an
indefinite strike after the expiration of the 21-day
ultimatum issued earlier.
“On October 24, a reconciliation meeting was
convened by the Federal Ministry of Labour in
Abuja. The ministry in the eye of the storm, the
Federal Ministry of Education, was poorly
represented that no memorandum of action was
agreed on.
“This clearly shows the level of disdain and
disrespect with which the issues of the sector
are being handled by the relevant agencies. In
view of the above, our union resolved in its
emergency meeting of NEC on October 31, 2017
to commence an indefinite and comprehensive
strike effective from November 13, 2017,” he had
said.

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