The Educational Employees Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it might start an indefinite strike from December 12.
The polytechnic lecturers will be a part of their college colleagues who’ve been on strike for a month.
In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday morning, the Nationwide President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, mentioned the federal authorities had failed to fulfill the calls for of the polytechnic lecturers.
Previous to this impending strike, the union had on October 2 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government earlier than it prolonged it to November. However even then, it didn’t begin the strike.
However Mr Dutse mentioned the proposed strike can be “complete and indefinite”.
“This additional emphasises the decision of the 93rd Nationwide Govt Council assembly reached on the Yaba Faculty of Expertise, Lagos final week,” he mentioned.
“Authorities has didn’t implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained within the memorandum of understanding signed,” he mentioned.
ASUP went on strike in November 2017; however when the federal authorities reached an settlement to implement the suggestions of the 2014 NEEDS evaluation, the strike was suspended 15 days after.
The settlement notably highlighted the necessity for elevated funding of polytechnics.
Mr Dutse additionally mentioned the roles of state authorities and the Nationwide Meeting is just not encouraging in relation to funding the training sector.
“The problem of the funding of the establishments has at all times been a significant concern. After the federal government carried out the NEEDS evaluation in 2014, it promised to implement it. Years after, there is no such thing as a designed roadmap to implement that,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the invoice meant to evaluation the act on the institution of polytechnics within the nation was but to be handed by the Nationwide Meeting. He mentioned the union hoped that the strike would additionally assist fast-track its passage.
“The establishments aren’t funded. The states are even worse as a result of state governments simply set up faculties with out truly funding these faculties. So, no infrastructure is in place,” he added.
The ASUP president additionally alleged that some state governments had been owing salaries for as much as 14 months simply as establishments victimise union leaders who voice out towards what he termed injustice.
“We have now states which are owing about 14 month salaries. Some owe eight months. Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi are owing as much as so long as 14 months,” he mentioned.