The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike action if the Federal Government does not urgently address the various industrial issues bedevilling the sector.
President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Yusuf Dutse who made this know to newsmen stated that all attempts made by the union to meet government officials to explain the urgency of their demands have failed.
Dutse, declared that the situation leaves the union with no choice but to embark on an industrial action.
He said the union was disturbed that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, none of the core issues of demand has been addressed by the Federal Government.
According to him, the lecturers have been reluctant to take appropriate actions to address the situation because it believes in dialogue and have always practiced responsible unionism
He said: “However, we are now being pushed to resort to extreme measures in resolving industrial dispute and we shall act accordingly. We have decided to place this position before government and the Nigerian public for the benefit of the sector and to challenge government to act now in order to avert another industrial disharmony in our polytechnics.
“We are aware that the issues between government and ASUP have lingered for years. We are also cognisant of the fact that this government came to power about one year ago but then government is a continuum.
What is particularly worrisome to our union is the approach of officials of government to the need of our sector and the pre-eminence of dialogue in resolving the impasse,” he said.