The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics said it had not completely stopped its strike.
This is as the union has emphasized that only four of its demands are met by the State Government
On Saturday auntyamebo blog reported that the union had ordered its members to resume operations on Monday, May 30, 2022 following a two-week warning strike that began on May 16, 2022.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, the national president of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, noted that it was wrong for people to say that the union had stopped its strike.
He said, “It is important to make this clear. We did not stop any strike. We started a two-week warning strike and after two weeks, we told our members to continue their work pending the outcome of the National Executive Council meeting. So, I think it is wrong to say that we have completely stopped the strike.
“Of these nine requirements only four have been met. The introduction of new low-income debt repayments across all federal polytechnics structures, individual cases of overpayment and overdrafts are dealt with at institutional levels, as well as the authorization and release of regulatory tools for accreditation of institutions, managers and programs.
“Four regulatory tools addressing issues related to accreditation activities that were reviewed in 2021, approved and released to the public through the NBTE website.
“This issue will provide a policy framework for addressing challenges in public institutions. Already, the implementation is still underway as a decision has been made in the case of Abia State Polytechnic where wages are owed for 34 months. The owner (Abia District Government) has been notified accordingly.
“A decision was also made on the tragic case of union officials at the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, where five of our officers were fired for participating in the 2017 union strike.
“The issue of further violations of the Federal Polytechnics Act as illustrated by the release of the controversial statue of the appointment of principal officials by the Department of Education was also addressed as this document will have to be withdrawn as agreed.
“So, we still have some unresolved issues.”
According to Ezeibe, the issues that need to be addressed include, “the release of the sector’s N15bn renewal fund. The matter is still pending in the Federal Ministry of Finance with a promise to follow the Minister of Education.
“Release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for lower employees; the matter is still at the level of a committee set up to resolve the dispute in the opposition verification report of 2014/15.