Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Oko Poly shutdown as ASUP embarks on indefinite strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic, Oko chapter was on Tuesday 9th January, 2018 embarked on indefinite strike over non-compliance of the statutory entitlement by the management of the institution. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic, Oko chapter, Comrade Godson Okeoma during the press briefing at the Union’s conference hall in Oko, Anambra State. Comrade Godson, during the briefing said that the cause of the indefinite strike was as a result of the arrogant insensitivity of the management towards the legitimate demands of the staff of the polytechnic of all categories. Comrade Godson said the union has through her letter dated June 7, 2017 requesting the management of institution to look into the salient issues bothering the union which include release of outstanding promotion including cash backing thereto; non promotion of members who are due; complete and full payment of peculiar academic allowances and arrears as well as complete payment of excess workload a negotiated and signed between the union and the management. According to him, “Salient demand which the union moves to correct were unwarranted termination of Mr. C.Y Nwamuo’s appointment; arbitrary and illegal change of year of promotion from three to four years; alleged and reported sale of admission process, result printing and transcript control to a private firm, TENECEE, among others. He further said that the union through her letter dated June 7, 2017 requested for a meeting with the management of the institution to resolve amicable, her differences but regretted that the management instead demanded amplified version of the union’s demand, despite that the union marshaled out salient issues to be discussed in her letter sent earlier. “It was with our utmost regret that the management responded to these demands with laxity, mockery and provocative, even as the union was committed to ideals of responsible unionism and constructive engagement. “In response to Management’s unremitting intransigence and indifference to glaring issues affecting the welfare of staff, all the executives of the trade unions on campus came up with resolution after a joint meeting and wrote a letter to the management, which was signed by all the chairmen and secretaries of the four trade unions, title resolution of all the union in our institution, dated December 11, 2017, requesting for the implementation of the above-mentioned demands. In the document made available to our reporter, the union alleged that the management hoards a circular by the Federal government directing that these allowances be paid with the IGR, pending when they captured in the annual national budget. It further disagreed on the claim of the management that she had short-fall, noting that their investigation reveals that it was a calculated attempt to deny the statutory rights of welfare of the staff, even as the Governing Council has sagaciously directed the management to comply with the payment, but to their utmost surprise, the management falsely inform the Governing Council that it has paid the allowances with the November 2017 salary. “Consequent upon the foregoing, the ASUP, Federal Polytechnic, Oko chapter have no other option to redress the long drawn injustices meted out to its members than to withdraw their services to the Okopoly and commence indefinite strike until the fulfillment of our demands by the management of Federal Polytechnic, Oko. In a swift response, the Deputy Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Sir Nwabuona Ejike said that the institution was a united family who have no need in causing internal crisis. Sir Nwabuona who said that what was happening in the institution was mere internal conflict of interest, noted that the management would fashion out modalities in resolving the issues, even as he insists that the management which he was a member has good listening ears and would find everlasting solution to the disagreement. Nwogha Simeon, Awka



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