Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) are on the cusp of embarking on a warning strike.
ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, made the announcement on Wednesday, two days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) prolonged its ongoing strike which started in mid-February by one other 12 weeks.
He said that the polytechnic lecturers would withdraw their providers in a two-week industrial motion with impact from Monday subsequent week.
Ezeibe defined that the choice was reached on the emergency assembly of the union’s National Executive Council to assessment the response of the Federal Government to its ultimatum.
He added that ASUP had suspended its preliminary strike in June 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the federal government which contained a transparent path to a sustainable decision of the problems in dispute with timelines hooked up to every of them.
As a outcome, he said, the union points an ultimatum which expired on May 4, however the state of affairs has remained the identical with no concrete effort on the federal government’s half.
Ezeibe harassed that the warning strike was to attraction to Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to do the needful inside the two weeks in order to keep away from an indefinite shut down of the sector.
Read the complete assertion under:
ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF POLYTECHNICS (ASUP)
eleventh May 2022
Esteemed members of the press,
Our Union suspended its industrial motion declared on the sixth of April 2021 on the tenth of June 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the federal government. The signed MoA contained a transparent path to a sustainable decision of the problems in dispute with timelines hooked up to every of the objects in dispute.
The suspension of the commercial motion was for a interval of three months to allow the federal government conclude processes already initiated within the path of fulfilment of the objects within the MoA that are process-led.
Nine months after the suspension of the commercial motion and 6 months after the expiration of the three-month interval of suspension, our Union’s NEC met in its 102nd assembly in Federal Polytechnic Mubi and after reviewing the report of the implementation of the MoA, resolved to problem a 1-month ultimatum to the federal government efficient 4th April 2022 to handle the excellent objects within the MoA and different emergent points or face the fact of one other commerce dispute with our Union.
Our Union’s ultimatum expired on the 4th of May, 2022 and as is the norm, the Union’s NEC reconvened right now, eleventh of May, 2022 to assessment the response of the federal government to the ultimatum, notably because it impacts related businesses/functionaries of presidency.
Within the interval of the ultimatum, the Union met with the National Board for Technical Education to assessment the grievances with a view to decision. Another assembly fastened on the occasion of the Honorable Minister of Education (after the expiration of the ultimatum) failed to fulfill primary necessities for collective bargaining. Our Union stayed away from the assembly because it was not structured to handle the problems in dispute. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment solely acknowledged receipt of the union’s ultimatum and made no makes an attempt at conciliation.
Spirited efforts have been additionally made by the Chairman of Chairmen of Governing Councils of Polytechnics in Nigeria and a few members of the National Assembly within the path of a decision.
The standing of the objects in dispute as of right now is captured under:
1 Non-release of the permitted revitalization fund for the sector: Approved N15bn but to be launched 11 months after approval by the President.
2 Non-release of arrears of the brand new minimal wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is but to be launched. The composite quantity protecting all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate determine of N19Bn at the moment exists as an AIE within the Accountant Generals Office.
3 Non-release of the reviewed normative devices for establishment/administration and packages accreditation: The doc is at the moment awaiting approval from the Management of NBTE. This doc is anticipated to offer a framework to handle non-payment of salaries in state-owned establishments, non-compliance with permitted retirement age, non-deployment of permitted wage constructions, poor governance construction in addition to different points affecting requirements, notably in state-owned Polytechnics. As a consequence, our members in Abia, Ogun, Edo, Benue, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Plateau, and Osun states are owed salaries whereas additionally they proceed to undergo from completely different ranges of deprivation together with non-release of promotions and non-deployment of applicable retirement age. Such deprivations are additionally evident in Adamawa, Niger, Sokoto, and Delta States the place the federal government has resolved to disrupt the hitherto well timed cost of salaries with a subvention-styled funding regime.
4 Sustained infractions in implementation of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act as amended in 2019: This problem is at the moment typified by the arbitrary elimination of deputy rectors in Auchi Polytechnic, and the existence of a number of templates for the appointment of principal officers with provisions at variance with the provisions of the Act.
5 Delay within the appointment of rectors: The appointment course of in Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Federal Polytechnic Offa, and Federal Polytechnic Ekowe continues to linger.
6 Non Release of Arrears of CONTISS 15 Migration for the Lower Cadre: This problem stays on the committee stage and even in chapters like NILEST, Zaria implementation is but to start.
7 Non-release of the scheme of service for Polytechnics: Since 2017, the sector has been battling a assessment course of for the scheme of service and circumstances of service in use within the sector.
8 Continued Victimisation of Union Officers: Our officers in IMT Enugu and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo nonetheless stay out of job.
9 Continued Arm twisting of Members in Colleges of Agriculture By the ARCN: This has continued as our members in these establishments proceed to expertise intimidation.
Following exhaustive deliberations, on the replace as outlined above, the emergency assembly of the Union’s National Executive Council has resolved that members ought to withdraw their providers in a 2 weeks industrial motion with impact from Monday, sixteenth of May 2022.
We are deploying this medium to equally attraction to members of the general public to prevail on the federal government to do the needful inside the 2 weeks interval in order to keep away from an indefinite shut down of the sector.
Anderson U. Ezeibe