From Paul Orude, Bauchi
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 15 days strike action with effect from Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
ASUP President, Usman Yusuf Dutse, disclosed this, yesterday, at a press conference held at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.
The union is currently holding its 14 National Delegates Conference in Bauchi, co-hosted by the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi and the Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.
Dutse said the decision to suspend the strike was because of the consideration of its impact on the society, including parents and students and pleas on the union by well-meaning Nigerians and other stakeholders.
The ASUP president recalled that on November 13, 2017, members of the union nation-wide withdrew their services on the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union on an indefinite strike action.
Dutse listed the issues that led to their action to include non- implementation of the report of the NEEDS ASSESSEMNT survey of polytechnics, sustained shortfall in personnel releases and withdrawal of their allowances since December, 2015, and non-payment of promotion arrears. He disclosed other issues to include non-implementation of staff salaries in some state-owned polytechnics, infractions in the appointment process of rectors of polytechnics, non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears, non-passage of amendment bill of the polytechnic act and continued victimisation of officers of the union.