ASUP Strike Paralyses Polytechnics


The on going strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics since April 29 has paralysed academic activities in nationwide polytechnics in the country.
The Tide investigation revealed that the union embarked on an indefinite strike action following an alleged federal government refusal to implement agreement reached with the union.
It was gathered that the issues in dispute were directed towards enhancing the polytechnic education other than the personal fortunes of the union members.
The Tide learnt that one of the issues for which the union has embarked on indefinite industrial action was in respect of the non appointment of governing councils for the polytechnics by the Federal government.
ASUP had earlier this year issued a 30 day ultimatum to the federal government followed by a  21 day ultimatum on 25 march, 2013. A subsequent one week warning strike was embarked upon and after it expiration the union began an indefinite strike till date.
The union has recently held a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC)  at the Labour House, Abjua where all branches of the Union were further directed to remain at home till the government fulfills its commitment  to the union.
The Tide learnt that there is no plan to suspend the strike as at press time.