Striking Abia Poly Lecturers Allege Threat To Resume Work
The Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnics, Abia state Polytechnic chapter, are alleging threats and pressure from the state government to end their 2 months old strike which has grounded academic activities in the school.
This comes after the state government through the commissioner for information, announced that it has secured an agreement with the Senior Staff Association of the Polytechnic, SSANIP, and Non-Academic staff Union of the Polytechnic, NASUP to suspend their industrial action.
However, the lecturers are insisting that the government pays up to five out of ten months owed them before they would return to classes. Some members of ASUP have equally alleged compromise by their leaders to end the strike like other unions, but ASUP chairman, Comrade Godswill Umah debunked the claims.
“Nobody has compromised me, I am deeply committed to this struggle. I left my child dedication on Sunday to go to Government House trying to get tangible commitment from the government just to ensure that the school is up and running for the sake of the students. If I have compromised why have we not accepted the government’s inglorious offers?
"I heard a certain think tank group accused me of accepting N2 million, it is all false. We are holding on because my position is clear, pay workers their salary.”
Umah further alleged threats, blackmail and pressure from different quarters.
“The Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu was in school on Monday, there was a face off, at the end of the day, SSANIP and NASU signed the document but I refused to sign. I have been under intense pressure to end the strike, but a decision will be made when the congress meets.
It will be recalled that the State Government earlier released N200 Million as part of their subventions to offset the salary arrears, but the school management settled only one month salary out of the funds prompting the workers to insist on extending the strike.
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