FG Pressurise some ASUP Chapters to Break Strike – Asomugha:
In view of the recent suspension of 10- month old strike by some chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, National President of the union, Dr. Chibuzo Asomugha, yesterday admitted that the Federal Government had infiltrated its ranks.
Asomugha, who stated in an interaction with journalists in Abuja, said the union had already scheduled a massive rally that would involve students, parents, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, civil society groups and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU for April 29, 2014, and condemned the insincerity and lack of commitment of the Federal Government.
He said: “ASUP is supposed to have suspended the strike about three weeks ago but we haven’t heard from the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government, since we had the last meeting with them, hasn’t bothered to reach out to us. So, with this kind of development, we don’t even think there is any measure of sincerity on the part of the government.
”We have been driven by desperation to get to this state and we are at the last stage of planning the rally and it is going to involve every stakeholder in the sector, the students, market women, parents, lecturers, and every concerned Nigerian. And we are planning it in conjunction with ASUP, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, COEASU and civil society organisations.
“Now we are having the final meeting on the proposed rally with NLC and other stakeholders. In fact we are planning on the 29th and if it doesn’t come up on the 29th, then it would be immediately after May Day. We have been waiting for the Federal Government.”
He lamented that government was piling pressures on some chapters of the union to break the strike, warning that the union would be compelled to invoke provisions of its constitution to deal with cases of betrayal.
“Naturally, we expected government to come up with its own strategy to break the strike but we trust the character and resilience of our members to carry on until a conclusion is reached,” he said.