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Following the expiration of its two-week strike, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has directed its members to return to work on Monday, May 30, 2022.
The union stated that it decided after making progress with the federal government on its demands.
The government had met four of ASUP’s demands, according to a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa.
The decision to resume work was made to allow the federal government more time to meet the remaining five demands, according to the statement.
“The two-week definite strike of the union will come to an end on the 29th of May, 2022, as agreed by the NEC’s emergency meeting,” the statement reads.
“As a result, the union has made a request.”
Members will resume their duties on May 30, 2022, in the hopes that the government will cooperate.
“Further directives/updates will be issued following the 103rd meeting of the NEC, which is scheduled to take place in June 2022 and will review the situation.”
Following the resolution of its emergency National Executive Council meeting on May 11, 2022, ASUP began a two-week definite warning strike on May 16.
The union stated that the decision was made to protest the government’s tardiness in implementing some aspects of the memorandum of action (MoA) signed in 2021.
The government began paying arrears of the new minimum wage in all affected Federal Polytechnics during the action period.
The government also approved and published regulatory instruments for institution, management, and program accreditation.
In addition, a decision was reached on the vexing issue of union officials being victimized at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, where five ASUP members were dismissed for participating in the Union’s 2017 strike.
The issue of continued violations of the Federal Polytechnics Act, as exemplified by the Federal Ministry of Education’s release of a contentious template for the appointment of principal officers, was also addressed, as the document is set to be withdrawn as agreed.
The release of the approved N15 billion revitalization fund for the sector, the release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre, and the release of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service are among ASUP’s outstanding demands.
Continued delays in the appointment of substantive Rectors for Federal Polytechnics in Mubi, Offa, and Kaduna, as well as the resolution of issues with members in Colleges of Agriculture, are among the others.