10 reasons why polytechnic lecturers begin strike

By Philip Shimnom Clement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUP) today have begin a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike following what they describe as the inability of government to implement details of the Momorandum of Action they entered into last year.

Their industrial action is coming six weeks after their university counterparts embarked on a similar strike, although government has pledged commitment to resolving the strike by the university lecturers, adding that it has reached “partial agreement.”

The following are the 10 reasons behind the union’s indifnite strike, according to ASUP President, Usman Dutse.

1.      Failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

2.      Inability of the government to honour a Memorandum of Action in 2017, of which none of the agreements had been implemented.

3.      Non-implementation of NEED ASSESSMENT reports of 2014 as agreed with the minister at the meeting of October 2017.

4.      Lack of seriousness in the renegotiation in the union’s 2010 agreement.

5.      Non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre.

6.      Inability of the federal government to release of arrears of promotions and shortfalls in personnel releases as well as non-payment of allowances.

7.      Non-payment of salaries in many state-owned polytechnics.

8.      Non-payment of union check off dues.

9.      Pension deductions and other statutory deductions from staff salaries to the appropriate bodies and,

10.   Continues victimization of its union executives and members.