Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Federal Government Asked ASUU to Suspend Warning Strike




The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to rescind its decision to embark on a one week warning strike from Nov. 16.
According to source, Sen. Chris Ngige, who is the Minister of Labor and Employment made the appeal urged ASUU to shelve the strike to make room to address contending issues.
Chris Ngige via a statement issued by Mr. Samuel Olowokere, Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, said shelving the strike would ensure wider consultation.
According to his words, “The claims of nationwide consultations by ASUU cannot be true as the Ministry of Labor and Employment which is the chief conciliator of industrial relations disputes is yet to receive a direct petition from ASUU.
“This is against the Federal Government who is the jurisdictional employer. ‘’
Source said, he emphasized the need for a proper re-negotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which ASUU reached with the previous administration through a clear channel of social dialogue.
He said channel of dialogue would consist of the immediate employer, the Ministry of Education, and the Labor Ministry.
Sen. Ngige explained that in view of the prevailing circumstances, the issuance of warning strike by union was unconstitutional.
“The body is yet to exhaust the conflict resolution mechanisms clearly mapped out in the labour laws.”
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday said it would embark on a week warning strike over failure by the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement and 2013 MOU.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said Many aspects of the 2013 MOU and the 2009 Agreement with the Federal Government  were  either been unimplemented or despairingly handled.
“The agreements are: Payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, funding of universities for revitalization, pension, TSA and university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.
“Failure by the Federal Government to implement this agreement has put ASUU leadership in severe difficulty, responding to inquiries from members of the union about the state of our agreement.’’
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