Abia Poly lecturers threaten fresh strike




ABA – Abia State Polytechnic Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Thursday said it would resume its suspended strike without notice if its Governing Council did not meet its demands. This is contained in a letter jointly signed by Mr Precious Nwakodo, and Mr Kalu Uma, the chapter Chairman and Secretary, respectively.

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The letter, dated July 21, 2014 and addressed to the Chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, was made available to newsmen in Aba.

“The union at its emergency congress held on Thursday, July 17, resolved to suspend its strike for three weeks from July 22.

“This decision was largely informed by the confidence members have in the leadership of the governing council that it will fulfill its promise to pay additional two months salaries on or before Aug. 11 and also address the issue of irregular payment of staff salaries.

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“It is also the expectation of the union that within this period, council and management will start meeting the demands of the union.”

According to the letter, the union also demanded for visible mechanisms to improved management of the polytechnic’s resources.

It called for the provision of a concrete ceiling for expenditure approved for both management and council.

ASUP further seek a return to due process and extant rules in the general administration of the polytechnic.

The union also demanded the implementation of the report on Abia State Polytechnic Staff Certificate Verification as well as the release of its 2014 staff promotions list.

The union expressed the hope that the council’s strong desire and commitment to return the polytechnic to the paths of progress would be realised.

It, however, urged the council to do the needful to forestall a possible break of activities. (NAN)

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