ASUP strike ends

Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech

The one-week strike embarked upon by polytechnic lecturers, ASUP, ended on Monday.

ASUP had on January 30 commenced a one-week warning strike to press home some demands it was making on the government.

The union said the strike, called over non-payment of salaries and allowances among other issues, was to end on January 5.

Lecturers in different polytechnics resumed work on Monday.

At the Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, ‎Uthman Olayinka, General Secretary, ASUP, LASPOTECH Chapter, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that his members were back in the classroom.

Mr. Olayinka said that lectures had commenced on Monday, though the outcome of the negotiation between the union’s national body and the Federal Government had yet to be communicated to the chapter.

“As directed, we resumed today, just as the strike elapsed,’’ the union’s scribe said.

According to him, a report of the negotiation between the government and the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) will still be sent to the chapter.

Olayinka said that the strike was effective in the university while it lasted, as the union members complied fully as directed.

‎ ASUP, in calling the strike, said it was unhappy with the state of polytechnic education in the country.

According to the union, the government had failed to commence re-negotiation of the ASUP/Government agreement of 2010, on the review of the Federal Polytechnics Act.

‎The union had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to resolve some pending issues during the one-week strike.

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