After two weeks of downing their tools, the three industrial unions at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, have suspended their strike. The unions are the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP).
Speaking to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, representatives of the unions said the unions decided to suspend the strike after their meeting with the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, in Abuja.
ASUP Chairman, Owoeye Tunji, said at the Abuja meeting, also attended by the Minister of Labour, the management of the institution was directed to pay CONTISS 15 to workers of the school.
“Apart from that, all other issues were trashed. The management was asked to withdraw all queries and pay backlog of salaries. On the deduction of pensions from casual workers, the issue is being resolved by the management. The issue of cooperative deductions is still lingering, but we are going to resolve it amicably. We are open-minded. We are suing for peace a nd we will allow for give and take. The management has been directed to implement the Ibrahim Shekarau’s order,” he said.
The SSANIP Chairman, Dr Ayeni Wole, called for the establishment of an industrial unit which would help to tackle issues before they explode, while the representative of NASU, Ajayi Tope, advised the management to be sincere in its actions. He also urged it to take issues relating to staff welfare seriously.
On its part, management of the institution, in a statement by the Deputy Registrar, Information, Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu, said it was prepared to abide by the terms of the agreement within the resources available.