Latest report reaching liveschoolnews desk has it that, The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has begins an indefinite strike, following failure of the federal and state governments to put into effect the agreements on issues affecting polytechnic education in the country.
It would be recalled that the Union had earlier commence a one-week warning strike which ended week end.
The indefinite strike was declared on Sunday 28th April, 2013 by the national President of ASUP, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha.
Some of the issues in contention are non-migration of members at the lower cadres on CONTISS 15 salary scale; release of white paper on the visitation panel to federal polytechnics; non-commencement of needs assessment of Nigerian polytechnics; worrisome state of state-owned polytechnics/monotechnics; and continued appointment of unqualified persons as rectors by some state governments.
Others include failure of most state governments to implement approved salary packages (CONPCASS) for polytechnics and 65 years retirement age; continued recognition ofthe NBTE as a regulatorybody for Nigerian polytechnics against the creation of a national polytechnics commission; and the snail speed associated with the amendment of the Federal PolytechnicsAct, amongst others.
Speaking to liveschoolnews reporter, the National President of ASUP, Mr Chibuzor Asomugha, disclosed that the indefinite strike had become inescapable because the meeting the union had with Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on the issues yielded no positive results.
He said the strike would be called off only when governments addressed all issues raised by the union, and urged all polytechnics across the country to abide by the directive to embark on strike.
He warned that any polytechnic who fail to abide by the directive to embark on strike would be penalised.
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