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NASU declares indefinite strike over 8-month salary arrears in Ibadan Poly


Members of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of The Polytechnic Ibadan chapter on Wednesday declared an indefinite strike over non-payment of eight-month salary arrears being owed them by the Oyo State Government.

The union, while declaring that it will not resume work until the arrears were cleared by the state government, added that failure of the state government to increase monthly subventions to the institution has caused a lot of damages in the polytechnic.

DAILY POST recalls that the union, when its counterparts at the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa embarked on an indefinite strike had last month, threatened to also down tool should the state government fail to pay their eight-month salaries.

NASU Chairman, The Polytechnic Ibadan chapter, Comrade Ibrahim Akande, who addressed journalists shortly after the commencement of the indefinite strike on Wednesday, stated that the union had no other option than to declare the indefinite strike in order to press home their demands.

Akande, who commended members of the union for abiding with the union’s directive on the strike, remarked that the union decided to commence the industrial action because the government had failed to fulfill its promises to the union.

He revealed that part of the reasons the union embarked on the strike were the reduction of the monthly subventions, noting that union will not resume work if the government fails to increase monthly subvention of the institution.

“As at today, we have withdrawn our services because of the fact that you will agree with me that sometimes ago there was a crisis in all the tertiary institutions in Oyo state while we agitated that the state government should pay our outstanding arrears and increase the subventions being given to all the tertiary institutions in Oyo state.

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“At The Polytechnic Ibadan, they owed us nothing less than eight months’ arrears. And this emanated from nonpayment of salaries due to the fact that Oyo state government reduced the subventions being given to The Polytechnic Ibadan. This time around, the government pronounced that they have added to the subventions being given to us, they have said it severally on the media that The Polytechnic Ibadan is being given a proposed 83 point something million. But to our surprise, when we had it on Monday that 77 point something million was given as subvention for the month of June, having believe that, we will not be taxed.

“Oyo state government had deducted 100 percent tax from the 77 point something million being given to us. If you deduct the 77 point something million from the 226 which is the wage bill, you will see that the institution is going to augment the salaries with nothing less than 150 million every month.

“So, for the last year, we are being owed 8 months salaries. Though the governing council of the Polytechnic Ibadan has been doing their best to make sure that our monthly salaries are being paid since January this year.

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“But, they are yet to pay us the eight months arrears or come out with modalities on how to pay the arrears. And that is the reason the union is embarking on strike action today. They should pay us the arrears so that we will not labour in vain.

“We commenced an indefinite strike action from today, Wednesday 8th August 2018 because we are being owed eight months salary arrears and we are not going to suspend the strike action until the government and the governing council which is their agent do the needful. We decided not to close down the gates of the institution because ASUP is not on ground but the trend of events will now determine the next action to take. The trend of events can aggravate out tension.

“Even as I am talking to you, I just spoke with the our national secretary and he has assured this branch that they are going to join us on Monday for the protest,” the union leader said.

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The mother of three, who gave birth to one of the monarch’s three sets of twins in February 2018, posted photos from her convocation ceremony on Instagram.

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Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics begin Indefinite strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday began an indefinite strike over non-implementation of the 2009 and 2017 agreement reached with the union by the federal government.

The polytechnic lecturers now join their university colleagues who have been on strike since November 4. The National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said the federal government had invited the union for dialogue on December 17 but the strike would continue till then.

Prior to the strike, the union had on October 2 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government before it extended it to November. But even then, it did not commence the strike. Dutse said the strike had commenced, adding that there is total compliance by all chapters.

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“We have zonal coordinators and a monitoring team, zone by zone, all over the country. Already from the report we are getting, we are satisfied with the level of compliance from all our zones but we are reviewing the day’s activity in a meeting now,” he said.
Dutse said the government has failed to implement and fulfill agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed. The union went on strike over non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in state-owned institutions, non-payment of allowances, and the victimisation of union members, among others.

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ASUP went on strike in November 2017, but when the federal government reached an agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment, the strike was suspended 15 days after. The agreement particularly highlighted the need for increased funding of polytechnics.

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ASUP set to commence strike Wednesday despite government’s invitation


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Tuesday said there was no going back on its planned indefinite strike beginning on December 12 in all the nation’s polytechnics.
Usman Dutse, the National President of the union, made the declaration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Mr Dutse said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.
According to him, we are commencing our strike tomorrow as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back.
“There is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict.
”I don’t know what they plan to present until we meet with them,” he said.
Mr Duste said the strike would be comprehensive and total, until all issues raised were adequately addressed by the government.
He said the union had issued a notice directing all members nationwide to comply and down tools by midnight of December 12.
The president said the union leaders would also send a reminder to all its branches, adding that there would be no academic activities in all the polytechnics until further notice.
Mr Dutse said the failure of the federal government and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to comply with the agreements reached with the union necessitated the strike.
He said the union had in 2009 signed an agreement with the government and also a Memorandum of Action in 2017, adding that none of the agreements had been implemented.
Speaking on the resolution reached at the union’s 93rd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State on November 29, Mr Dutse said the strike was inevitable.
He said the union had issued a notice directing all members nationwide to comply and down tools by midnight of Tuesday, December 12.
He said the union would also send a reminder to its branches on Wednesday.
He listed the 10 point demands of the union to include non-implementation of Need Assessment reports of 2014 as agreed with the minister at the meeting of October 2017.
“They are lack of seriousness in the renegotiation in the union’s 2010 agreement; non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre; non-release of arrears of promotions and shortfalls in personnel releases as well as non-payment of allowances.
“Other agitations are non-payment of salaries in many state-owned polytechnics, non-payment of union check off dues, pension deductions and other statutory deductions from staff salaries to the appropriate bodies, continue victimisation of union officers,” he said.

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