ASUP Strike continues

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has resolved to continue with its strike.  The union took the decision at its National Executive Council meeting held on Thursday.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, the union’s National Publicity Secretary, Clement Chirman, said the Federal Government was frustrating the union and prolonging the strike. He stated that government was yet to say move forward with a committee that it had promised to setup to resolve the issue of wages and salary arrears.

“Our strike cannot be suspended just like that. The last time we met the (Education) Minster said the government would set up a committee based on the observation of Salaries and Wages commission on payment of CONTISS 15 migration. The minister said before the House of Representatives that both ASUP and COEASU should join the meeting; which we agreed to do.

“Then he gave one week from the date of our last meeting for the setup of the committee. But since that day, no committee has been set up and there has been nothing from the government concerning the committee. So our position is that government is frustrating and prolonging the strike. After our NEC meeting we agreed that there was no basis upon which the strike would be suspended,” he said.

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