ASUP urges FG, states to pay arrears of minimum wage

ASUP urges FG, states to pay arrears of minimum wage

The Academic Staff Union of
Polytechnics (ASUP) has called on the
Federal and some state governments to
pay outstanding arrears of the minimum
wage to its members as contained in the
Memorandum of Action (MoA).

The union also frowned at the
delays in the release of the approved
N15 billion Revitalisation Fund, non￾payment of salaries to its members in some state owned institutions, and non￾commencement of the renegotiation of
the 2010 agreement.

This is contained in a statement by
Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, ASUP’s National
Publicity Secretary, on Sunday in Bauchi.

Yelwa said that the decisions were
reached during the 101st Regular
ASUP National Executive Council (NEC)
meeting held at the Gateway ICT
Polytechnic, Saapade, Ogun State.

The statement read in parts: “ASUP
equally expressed dismay at recent
reports of infractions in the process of
appointment of Principal Officers in
Federal Polytechnics and some state owned polytechnics in disregard to the
provisions in the extant laws.

“The union particularly noted the
events at the Federal Polytechnics,
Ekowe, Offa and Mubi, where the process
of appointment of Rectors were flawed,
leading to the shortlisting of unqualified persons.

“The union notes that the council
affairs in Federal Polytechnics, Oko,
Offa, Auchi and Kaura Namoda has
been relocated to the FCT without due
consideration to the cost implication
on the institutions, safety of staff
and sensitive documents as well as
general administration of the affected
institutions.”

Yelwa, however, said that members
of the public should hold government
responsible in the event of breakdown
of industrial harmony, adding that the
union and its members had shown
considerable patience and restraint.
“In view of the unsatisfactory status
of implementation of the MoA signed
between the union and government in
April 2021.

“The union once again demands that
the government should without further
delay ensure the release of the arrears of the Minimum Wage to staff and release
the approved Revitalisation Fund for the
sector.

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“Government should set up the
implementation committee to administer the fund, recommence the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement and withdraw institutional accreditation to state owned institutions where staff are owed salaries.

“The union equally urged the
government to revisit the appointment
processes for principal officers in Federal Polytechnics, Ekowe, Offa and Mubi, to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act,” it said.

According to Yelwa, the union will
deepen its consultations on the next
action as there will be no further
warnings if the government fails to meet
its demands.

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