Asaba – THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, will today begin a one week nationwide warning strike over Federal Government’s alleged refusalto reopen negotiations on theagreement it entered with theunion in 2010.
Speaking to newsman in Asaba, weekend, National Coordinator of ASUP in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones, Dr. Chika Ogonwa, said the union might be forced to shut down the polytechnic system should the Federal Government refuse to address their grievancess.
Alleging that the Federal Government was insensitive to their plights, Ogonwa said part of their demand was the need to review the “Polytechnic Act which at present, prescribes National Diploma, ND, for middle level manpower.
”Saying that the nation’s economy was in comatose because the players were half-baked, he argued that the union, during its 86th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in August 2016, shifted the strike to January 2017 to give government sufficient time to resolve the contentious issues.
He listed other grievances to include alleged victimization of union officials, non-release of union check-off dues and undue interference in union activities, deliberate attempt at frustrating the resolutions of the meeting of the council on establishments, sustainedpoor funding of polytechnics and non-release of CONTISS15 migration arrears.