The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP has embarked on an indefinite industrial action beginning from this morning over what it described as refusal of government to address its demands.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on the withdrawal of services by the members of ASUP nationwide, President of the union, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe explained that the union declared the strike over the sorry state of public polytechnics, monotechnics as well the general decay in the polytechnic subsector.
He expressed displeasure that the Federal Government has not responded to series of letters written over the matter since the expiration of the union’s ultimatum issued since March 2020.
Comrade Ezeibe listed the twelve-points demands of the union to include non-release of the 10 months arrears of minimum wage owed members in Federal Polytechnics and non-implementation of same in several states own institutions, non-reconstitution of governing councils leading to disruption of administrative processes in polytechnics since May 2020 and victimization of officials of the union in some states own polytechnics.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics President, Comrade Ezeibe who also frowned at the absence of a commission for polytechnics, which he said has had adverse effects on the running of Polytechnics in country.
He urged the presidency to support the Bill for the Establishment of the National Commission for Polytechnics before the National Assembly.
He appealed to Members of the public to show understanding and support efforts of the union towards salvaging the polytechnic subsector from total collapse.