Members of ASUP at a NEC Meeting Photo: Channels TV

New Minimum Wage/Strike: We’re still open to dialogue with government to resolve issues ─ASUP

*The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in Nigeria emphasises that it declares a national strike to draw the attention of the Federal Government to nine basic needs of the union

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the declaration of a nationwide strike over the news salary scheme in Nigeria, Anderson Ezeibe, National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has stated the that the industrial action will continue.

Ezeibe, however, noted the union would be open to dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the issues raised.

ConsumerConnect reports the academic union had declared a strike Tuesday, April 6, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers in the country.

The ASUP National President has also insisted that the Association’s strike must go on until all demands are met by the Federal Government.

ASUP leaders made the strike declaration today after a meeting with Federal Government officials in Abuja.

It is as well noted that besides the new salary scheme, the union is also demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments.

Recall that ASUP had announced the planned strike and withdraw services of its members across the country during a media briefing on the status of the labour issues between the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Government in Katsina State March 2021.

Ezeibe said the strike is meant to draw the attention of the government to the nine basic needs of the union.

The National President noted the Union’s decision followed the successful completion of the ASUP 99th National Executive Council meeting held at the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina.

It demanded the release of 10 months in arrears of the New Minimum Wage owed its members in Federal Polytechnics and the implementation of same in the several states yet to implement the New Minimum Wage.

According to Ezeibe, other needs of ASUP include implementation of the contents of the Needs Assessment Report of 2014 in public Polytechnics and like institutions.

  1. Reconstitute Governing Councils in all Federal Polytechnics and in state-owned Polytechnics where such is yet to be constituted.
  2. Release owed staff salaries in Abia, Ogun, Osun, Benue, Plateau, Edo, and the Cross River States and implement full salary payments in Sokoto, Kaduna, Adamawa, and other institutions with such reports.
  3. Release of promotion arrears in Federal Polytechnics and payment of same as well as annual increments in Adamawa, Plateau, and other states with similar cases.
  4. Withdrawal of the letter containing spurious, incoherent, and unsubstantiated claims of PAYE tax liabilities in 19 Federal Polytechnics.
  5. Ensure full implementation of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act as well as its domestication in Adamawa, Kano, Sokoto, Abia, Niger, and other states affected.
  6. Stop attempts at forcing the ASUP members in colleges of Agriculture out of the union.
  7. And lastly implement the 65 years retirement age for academic Staff in state-owned institutions like in Kano, Kaduna, and other state institutions in the country.

By this resolution, the Association requested the members to prepare for a full-scale showdown until their demands are met, and this culture of neglect of the education sector in Nigeria is reversed.

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