Coronavirus forces ASUP to suspend planned strike

By: Frank Ikpefan, Abuja


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) has put on hold its planned industrial action because of the spread of coronavirus, which has resulted in the closure of tertiary institutions in the country.

The union said it had planned to embark on strike in April because of the inability of the Federal government to keep to agreements entered since 2010 as well as the avoidable shortcomings associated with the payment of February 2020 salaries in federal polytechnics through the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement on Sunday said the union’s 97th National Executive Council meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020.

He said the ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.

Ezeibe said that the union would embark on a nationwide strike action after the coronavirus pandemic crisis subsides in the…

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