Three major unions – Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Non – Academic Staff Union, NASU, and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics , SSANIP of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State – have suspended their two months old strike.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on the development, representatives of the unions said the decision to suspend the strike was arrived at by members after their meeting with the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, in Abuja.
According to ASUP Chairman, Mr. Owoeye Tunji, the Abuja meeting, also attended by the Minister of Labour, the management of the institution was directed to pay CONTISS 15 to workers of the school.
“Apart from that, all other issues were trashed. The management was asked to withdraw all queries and pay backlog of salaries. On the deduction of pensions from casual workers, the issue is being resolved by the management. The issue of cooperative deductions is still lingering, but we are going to resolve it amicably.
“We are open minded. We are suing for peace and we will allow for give and take. The management has been directed to implement Ibrahim Shekarau’s order,” he said.
Also, SSANIP Chairman, Dr Ayeni Wole canvassed for setting up of Industrial Unit which would help to tackle issues before they explode, adding that, “It is better to do so than setting up reconciliation committee when issues have gone out of hand.”
The representative of NASU, Ajayi Tope advised the management to be sincere in its handling of the matters. He called for a listening ear to issues relating to staff welfare.
Meanwhile, the management of the institution, in a statement by the Deputy Registrar, Information, Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu, said the management was prepared to abide by the terms of the negotiated peace within the resources available to the institution.
He commended all the unions for giving peace a chance and expressed happiness that normalcy had returned to the school.

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