ASUP accuses FG of failed promises, begins strike Monday

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has accused the Federal Government of failing to meet its demands as contained in the Memorandum of Action signed last year.

It added it would embark on a two-week strike from Monday following the development.

ASUP in a statement announced its decision on Wednesday in Abuja after an emergency National Executive Council meeting.

It said the Federal Government failed to release the agreed N15bn revitalisation funds and pay arrears of the national minimum wage, among others.

ASUP said nine months after the suspension of its industrial action last year and six months after the expiration of the three-month period of suspension, the government had yet to meet some of the demands as contained in the MoA signed before the suspension of the strike.

It said during its 102nd meeting at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi where it reviewed the report of the implementation of the MoA, the NEC of the union resolved to issue a one month ultimatum to the government, effective April 4, 2022, to address the outstanding items in the MoA and other emergent issues, or face the reality of another trade dispute with them.

The statement added that “following exhaustive deliberations on the update concerning their demands, the emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council, NEC, has resolved that members should withdraw their services in a two-week industrial action effective from Monday, May 16, 2022.”

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