ASUP threatens to begin strike on Sunday
• Accuses 18 polys of owing salaries, anti-labour practices
If the educational authorities fail to meet its demands within the one-month ultimatum which expires on Sunday, August 21, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Zone D is to immediately proceed on an industrial action. The chapter comprises all 11 states in the South East and South South geo-political regions.
Briefing reporters at the end of its meeting on Tuesday evening in Owerri, Imo State, the Zonal Coordinator, Chika Ogonwa in company of the General Secretary, Anderson U. Ezeibe, accused 18 state and federal polytechnics of owing salaries between two and 10 months as well as non-remittance of check dues.
He said the union was pained by government’s care-free attitude towards the agreement that both parties agreed on about two years ago, threatening to proceed on strike from August 21at the expiration of the one-month grace (July 21-August 21).
The debtor states, according to the union, include Abia, Edo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Benue, Imo, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ondo, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun and Nasarawa.Those allegedly withholding dues and engaging in either suspension or outright disengagement of the union members are the federal polytechnics in Oko and Mubi as well as Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-ukwu; Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola and Akwa Ibom Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua.
But the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Obini Onuchukwu, dismissed the allegation, saying the union was factionalised at his institution, making it impossible for management to know the group to remit the funds to.
He, however, assured that the funds were intact and would be disbursed to the authentic executives after the union’s leadership tussle would have been settled by the courts.Obini said the rector of the 30-year-old institution, Prof. Godwin Onu, was busy embarking on developmental projects.