Oko ASUP embarks on indefinite strike
By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
NNEWI—THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Federal Polytechnic, Oko chapter, yesterday embarked on indefinite strike over alleged non-compliance of their statutory entitlements by the management of the institution.
Briefing newsmen at the institution yesterday, chairman of the chapter, Comrade Godson Okeoma said the strike was due to alleged insensitivity of the management towards the legitimate demands of the staff of the polytechnic . He said the union had, through a letter dated June 7, 2017, requested the management of the institution to look into the salient issues bothering the union, which included 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 as negotiated and signed between the union and the management.
“Salient demands which the union moves to correct were unwarranted termination of Mr. Cyprain Nwamuo’s appointment; arbitrary and illegal change of year of promotion from three to four years,” he said.
He alleged that there is reported sale of admission process, result printing and transcript control to a private firm, among others.
Responding to the allegations by ASUP, the Deputy Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Sir Nwabuona Ejike said the institution was a united family which has no cause to embark on strike.
, adding that the union, ha through a letter dated June 7, 2017 requested for a meeting with the management of the institution to resolve amicably their 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 comments, even as the union was committed to ideals of responsible unionism and constructive engagement.”
Sir Nwabuona further stated that what was happening in the institution was mere internal conflict of interest, but however 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 lasting solution to the disagreement.