Thursday, 27 September 2018

ASUU May Join NLC Strike


ASUU May Join NLC Strike
There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities may join the Nigeria Labour Congress in the ongoing industrial action.

This was made known by the  Owerri Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof Uzo Onyebinama, at a  press conference at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra  State.

He revealed that, “You will recall that the 2009 FGN — ASUU Agreement made provision for the re-negotiation of the Agreement every three (3) years,

He added that “the renegotiation exercise has broken down since May 2018 (after 14 months), due largely to the deliberate tactics adopted by the leader of the Government Team, Dr. Wale Babalakin, to scuttle the renegotiation, by jettisoning the principle of collective bargaining and the gains of previous agreements, memorandum of understanding  and memorandum of action".

“In addition, the government team insisted that education ought to be funded from ‘diverse sources’ and consequently proposed the establishment of an Education Bank and a Students’ Loan Scheme.”

The Union urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, provide a platform for the leadership of ASUU to engage State Governors on  issues of  proliferation of universities, underfunding of state universities, undue interference in the administration of state universities, and the non-implementation of various components of the 2009 Agreement in many state universities.

The union said it would be left with no other choice than to embark on an industrial action if the contentious issues were not resolved.

He further debunked that the strikes were not sponsored by the opposition parties, and stated the reason of ASUU strike was as a result of the Federal Government’s inability to fulfill the 2009 agreement with the union on the welfare of its members.

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