Polytechnics Lecturers Join the Increasing List of Workers on Strike

Polytechnics Lecturers Join the Increasing List of Workers on Strike due to the failure of the federal government to fulfill their part of the agreement with the union.

On Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) embarked on an indefinite strike regarding the federal government’s failure to carry out some agreements reached with the union.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, revealed this in a press briefing held in Abuja on Tuesday.

The federal government had initially organized an emergency meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to prevent the union from downing tools.

The lecturers had been threatening to go on strike since January the beginning of the year.

The emergency meeting was scheduled for the 6th of April at the headquarter of the ministry of education in Abuja.

Referencing the non-implementation of the 2014 NEEDS Report, however, Mr Ezeibe said the union is finishing off tools from the 6th of April.

Mr. Ezeibe said, “Our grievances also include the refusal to reconstruct governing councils in federal polytechnics and many state-owned institutions leading to the disturbance of governance and administrative processes in the institutions since May, 2020,”  “This has also undermined the bargain of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government which was single-handedly suspended by the government for more than two years now.”

This strike came barely after four months of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) calling off a nine-month-old strike over demands for improved pay and working conditions.

The National Association of Resident Doctors is presently on strike as President Muhammadu Buhari is on vacation at a hospital in the UK.

Furthermore, civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, are set for a face-off with the Buhari regime as several federal civil service unions plan to go on strike.

Some of the unions include:

  1. Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC) in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)
  2. Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA)

They both said they will go on strike over the non-implementation of the FCT Civil Service Commission Act.

Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) are also commenced its strike on Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021.

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