ACADEMIC Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Nasarawa State Polytechnic chapter, at the weekend dissociated itself from the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state.
ASUP at an emergency congress held at the Hall 1 of the polytechnic on Friday, noted that though the union appreciated issues leading to the industrial action, it would not join the strike having not been properly communicated to about the decision to embark on strike, hence directed members to carry out normal academic activities.
Though ASUP chairman of the polytechnic, Mr. Paul Hussaini declined to comment on the outcome of the emergency congress when approached, sources confirmed to Nigerian Pilot that the union had resolved not to join the strike as some of its demands were being looked into by the state government and other stakeholders.
“We have just resolved to go on with normal academic activities because we (ASUP) were not communicated of NLC’s decision to embark on strike, more so that we have been invited for discussion by the state House of Assembly on some of the demands we are pressing for.” the source added.
Workers on the payroll of the Nasarawa State government on Friday embarked on indefinite strike due to the inability of the government to meet any of the 21 demands the organised labour had tabled before it.
A statement issued by the state labour leaders and signed by the chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, and spokesman of Joint Negotiation Council, JNC, Namo Danladi Sabo and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Lafia directed workers to remain at home till further notice.
According to the statement, among the 21 demands made by the workers include the processing and implementation of all promotions from 2011 to date, immediate payment of four months arrears on the implementation of the N18,000 national minimum wage.
Also, the workers are demanding the immediate release of salary vouchers for the month of January 2016 and payment of the salaries to workers, payment of annual increments from 2011 to date, payment of backlog of gratuities and arrears of pension to retired workers of the state and local government service and all other issues related to pension.
The statement continued that the workers were equally demanding that government should stop salary payment in percentages to local government workers as well as stop the re-screening, grading and re-grading of local government employees forthwith and ensure the implementation of the corrected CONMESS for doctors.
It also wanted government to accredit all programmes run in government-owned tertiary educational institutions as well as implementation of correct salaries for the institutions and grant full autonomy to the judiciary.

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