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Poly lecturers’ mull joining ASUU strike December 12

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President of ASUP, Usman Dutse

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced plans to join her university counterparts for an indefinite strike.

This is coming exactly one month after the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) commenced its ongoing indefinite strike.

President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian yesterday, said the action followed due the failure of the federal government to implement the agreement they reached in 2017.

Dutse disclosed that the union had embarked on strike in November 2017 to draw the attention of the government to the need to reverse the growing trend of neglect of technical education sector,

He added that despite the fact that the union suspended the action, government failed to implement the agreement reached by the two parties.

He listed some of the contentious issues to include the non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014, non release of promotion arrears of members, as well as persistent shortfalls in the personnel releases of Federal Polytechnics since 2016, among others.

Recall that the university lecturers had on November 5 embarked on strike, demanding the implementation of the 2009 agreement, which it entered into with the federal government.

The lecturers are also calling for full implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) agreement with the government in 2017; improved working conditions and welfare package, as well as upgrade of facilities in universities across the country.


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