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ASUP suspends 65 days industrial action

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ASUP suspends 65 days industrial action

By Ayinde Olaïde

The Union of Academic Staff of Polytechnics (ASUP) suspended its 65-day industrial strike from Thursday, following an agreement reached between the union and the federal government.

This was announced Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr. Abdullahi Yalwa, National Secretary of Publicity of ASUP and made available to journalists in Bauchi.

According to the statement, “the suspension of the strike was for three months, in order to allow the government to complete the implementation of the issues contained in the memorandum of action signed with the union.

“Following an evaluation of the report indicating the progressive implementation of the elements contained in the memorandum of action signed between our union and the federal government, the union decided to suspend its 65-day industrial action as of June 10, 2021.

“The suspension is for a period of three months to allow the government to complete the execution of the elements contained in the protocol of action signed with the Union from April 27, 2021.”

The ASUP scribe, who revealed some demands had already been met by the federal government, said the Union had considered appeals from government, traditional rulers, school board chairs Federal Polytechnics and members of the public, among others, who have shown interest in the matter.

“As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain elements have been carried out such as the reconstitution and inauguration of the boards of directors and the visiting panels of the federal polytechnics.

“We are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

“Other elements include the on-going efforts to revise the polytechnic service regime and terms of service, as well as the start of work to address CONTISS 15 migration backlog issues for lower management.

“We also recognize the recent passage of the Bill for the Removal of the Dichotomy Against HND Holders in the Country.

“In taking the decision to suspend the strike, our union became aware of the appeals launched by the government, venerated the traditional stools of the country, the members of the National Assembly, the presidents of the boards of directors of the federal polytechnics and even members of the public, all of whom have shown varying interests in the matter, ”he said.

The publicity secretary further explained that the union expected the suspension of the action to provide an environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum. (NAA)

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