Richard Ginika Izuora
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday, June 9, suspended its two-month-old nationwide strike.
ASUP embarked on a nationwide strike on April 6, making series of demands.
The National Publicity Secretary of ASUP, Mr Abdullahi Yalwa, made the disclosure in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the suspension would take effect from Thursday (June 10).
The union’s grievances include poor state of public polytechnics and monotechnics and non-payment of 10 months’ arrears of the new minimum wage.
The Federal Government had offered to release N15 million for revitalisation of polytechnics and monotechnics and release money for payment of the arrears of minimum wage.
Yalwa said that ASUP suspended the strike in view of the progress made in its discussions with the Federal Government.
“Following appraisal of a report indicating gradual implementation of the items contained in the memorandum of action signed between our union and the Federal Government; the union has resolved to suspend its 65-day-old industrial action with effect from June 10.
”The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government complete execution of the items; contained in the memorandum of action signed with the union since April, 27,” he said.
Yalwa noted that some demands had been met by the government; including reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils; and visitation panels in federal polytechnics.
”We are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalisation; and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed,” he said.
Yalwa also said that efforts were ongoing at reviewing the Scheme of Service; as well as Conditions of Service for Polytechnics.
He also added that work had begun toward the resolution of issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre.
He added that the union also acknowledged the recent passage of a Bill for the removal of dichotomy against Higher National Diploma holders.