Nigerian polytechnic lecturers on the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has hinted at the possibility of embarking on strike in the first quarter of 2021.
The President of the union, Anderson Ezeibe, In an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday, said the possibility of going on strike early next year wouldn’t be ruled out even though the union is yet to take a position on the issue.
He said that the line of action it will take will be determined after it had reviewed the response of the government to its demands.
Ezeibe also highlighted those issues that could make the union recourse to strike action.
He said, “We could have gone on strike in November but it was deferred. We haven’t decided yet but the position of the union will be revealed in the first quarter of 2021, upon assessment of the response of the government to the demands of our union.”
“The inadequacy of the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS); the non-implementation of assessment study reports of polytechnics in Nigeria; non-reconstitution of governing councils of federal polytechnics; non-payment of salaries in many state polytechnics; non-release of minimum wage arrears for workers both in federal and state polytechnics; victimisation of union officers at the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, and Federal Polytechnic, Kogi.”
“In IMT, Enugu, the management dismissed five of our union officers two years ago for participating in union activities. In Udi, one was also dismissed. In Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, two of them were dismissed, one has been called back while the other person is left.”
Ezeibe called for the issues surrounding the victimisation of its union members by the management of Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, and Federal Polytechnic, Kogi to be properly addressed.
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