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[Abuja]– Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has threatened to commence a nationwide strike, should the government fail to implement the terms of agreement with the union and continue to give a shortfall in personnel salaries.

Comrade Usman Dutse

Comrade Usman Dutse

The Union spoke through its National President, Comrade Usman Dutse, informed newsmen in Abuja that the government has chosen to neglect the Union, as the living condition of her members have grown from bad to worse, especially in a time when there is increase in goods and services across the country.

According to him, the problem of shortfall in salaries started since January 2016 and has grown worse since then. To this effect, he said that the Union shall have its  National Executive Council (NEC) meeting third week of March 2017 to deliberate on the way forward and some other issues.

“Apart from the outstanding challenge we have with government, there are new development that crop up last year. This is the issue of shortfall in personnel, from January 2016 we started observing shortfall in our personnel this led to our members collecting fraction of their salaries with the promises that it would be ratified.”

“They told us by January this year the matter will be resolve, but it has not changed. But in February, we were told the situation is getting worst because the quantum of the cut has increase significantly and it would create more hardship and sufferings for our members.”

“So we want to use this medium to tell government that we have been patient enough as we have been suffering and smiling for too long. And we also want to warn that if these issues continue, we cannot guarantee industrial harmony in the Polytechnic sub sector of the education system.”

“Government should keep to their word by fulfilling their promises. This is our right because we have worked for it. Anytime we start agitation, they will talk about no work, no pay. So we want to assure them that if they continue cutting our salaries, we too will cut our services because for every service we render, we deserve to be compensated.”

“We are all aware that the economy hardship in the country is biting and so if you get less than what you use to received, the situation will be worst for you. So sincerely, we want to tell government to give us what we deserve and make sure that our members do not suffer any longer because we are not going to allow that to continue. We are going to take action that will protect and defend the interest of our members and system”, he said.

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