The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has kicked off an indefinite nationwide strike today, Wednesday.
Usman Dutse, ASUPâ€™s national president, on Tuesday, said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.
â€œWe are commencing our strike tomorrow (today) as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back.
â€œThere is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.
â€œI donâ€™t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict. I donâ€™t know what they plan to present until we meet with them,â€ Dutse told newsmen.
Dutse said the strike would be comprehensive and total, until all issues raised were adequately addressed by the government.
He listed the 10-point demands of the union to include: non-implementation of NEED ASSESSMENT reports of 2014, as agreed with the minister at the meeting of October 2017.
â€œThey are lack of seriousness in the renegotiation in the unionâ€™s 2010 agreement; non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre; non-release of arrears of promotions and shortfalls in personnel releases as well as non-payment of allowances.
â€œOther agitations are non-payment of salaries in many state-owned polytechnics, non-payment of union check off dues, pension deductions and other statutory deductions from staff salaries to the appropriate bodies, continue victimisation of union officers,â€ Dutse added.