The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has implored both the federal and state governments to quickly resolve its 13 point demands which it said constrained it to embark on a 9-month strike between October 2013 and July 2014.
The Union which has already issued a one month ultimatum to the government effective from 21st July this year to remedy the rots afflicting the Polytechnic/Monotechnic sector warned that failure to comply with this would compel the body to embark on another strike action.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri shortly after its emergency zonal meeting, the Zone D coordinator of the Union (ASUP) which comprises Polytechnics, Colleges of Technology and Monotechnics in the South South and South East (SS/SE), Comrade Chika Ogonwa of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ugwuashi-Ukwu, listed the issues in dispute as contained in the letter of ultimatum already issued to both the federal and the state governments.
According to him, their demands include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many states’ owned institutions, shortfall in personnel allocations to Polytechnics as well as unpaid allowances in federal Polytechnics since January 2016, victimization of Union officials, non-release of check off dues and interference in union activities.
Others according to him are: non-release of arrears in many public polytechnics with some dating back to 2012 as well as non-implementation of CONTISS 15 migration salary scale in many polytechnics, delay in the review of the polytechnic act in addition to non-release of visitation panel reports of Federal Polytechnic since 2011.