By Francis Ezediuno
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo Chapter has issued the state government a notice of its intention to suspend the indefinite strike it had embarked on.
The notice was contained in a letter it addressed to the state government through the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
In the letter the ImoPoly ASUP stated that though it had held a meeting with the state government on the 7th of June, where there was an understanding and the following contending issues were resolved:
That salaries of February, March and April, 2018 will be paid, computations of 20% salaries of May, 2018 to May, 2019, proper placement and 100% financial effectiveness of staff in the last promotion, ASUP check off dues of 23 months, promotion arrears of 2015 through 2018 to be computed and given time line for payments.
Others are payment of weekend and evening programmes remunerations, payment of 7% peculiar academic allowance, implementation of annual increment, promotion to be reviewed, employments to be reviewed, co-operative deductions to be remitted and IMPOWA deductions to be remitted.
It hinted that after its emergency meeting on the 10th of June, 2019, ASUP ImoPoly resolved that the union will suspend its ongoing industrial action to allow the new administration to intervene on the contending issues listed and a properly constituted visitation panel had to be set up to look into the affairs of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo from 2011 to date.
They also resolved that the union will agree to suspend its strike for a period of three months with effect from 10th of June, 2019 and that the union will not guarantee industrial harmony thereafter if there was any decision taken contrary from this.
In the same vein, all the unions in Imo state Polytechnic Umuagwo namely; Non academic staff union of Educational and Associated Institution (NASU), Academic Staff union of Polytechnics (ASUP), and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP), the unions have unanimously resolved to suspend the ongoing indefinite strike in the Polytechnic with immediate effect.
This is in line with the directive of His Excellency, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha CON to enable his administration intervene on the contending issues.
To this effect, academic activities in the institution are expected to resume with immediate effect.