The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has warned the Federal Government to address the issue of shortfall in salaries in the institutions as its members are running out of patient and cannot guarantee industrial peace in the polytechnics nationwide.
National President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Dutse, told journalists in Abuja that ASUP members can no longer bear the hardship brought to them by government as a result of receiving salaries in fraction since last year. He explained government had promise to address the challenges which started since January 2016 till date, but instead the situation is getting worst.
He said the union would be having its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting third week of March 2017 to deliberate on the way forward.
His words, “We want to use this medium to tell government that we have been patient enough, we have been suffering and smiling for too long. And we also want to warn that if this issue continue, we cannot guaranteed industrial harmony in the Polytechnic sub sector of the education system.”
The ASUP boss further said “ government should keep to their word by fulfilling their promises, this is our right we have work 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 services we render, we deserve to be compensated.”