The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has asked members to embark on a 2-week industrial action from Monday May 16, 2022.
The union threatened indefinite industrial action if the Federal Government FG fails to address the issues affecting its members at the expiration of the warning strike.
The ASUP appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the government to do attend to the polytechnic lecturers’ needs on time to avoid the union’s wrath.
The ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement on Wednesday after an emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC), said the warning strike was necessary because the FG is yet to yield to their demands.
The statement read in part: ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 after signing a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.
“The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.
“Part of our demands include the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.
“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.
“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.”