Latest ASUU News On Resumption, ASUU Strike Update Today, 3rd August 2022
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Latest ASUU News On Resumption 3rd August 2022
ASUU strike: Why we adopted voluntary conciliation – Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, yesterday explained that his ministry adopted voluntary conciliation for the resolution of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, instead of arbitration, in order not to delay the resolution process.
Ngige disclosed this while answering questions from journalists at the Joint Workshop on International Labour Standards and Dispute Resolutions, Organised by the Industrial Arbitration Panel, IAP, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation, ILO, in Abuja.
According to him, by the second meeting, most of the issues arising from the 2020 Memorandum of Action, MoA, signed between ASUU and the Ministry of Education with other government agencies involved, were conciliated, leaving out only two.
Ngige said: “The two outstanding issues were the conditions of service which, according to the 2009 agreement, would be reviewed every four years. The last review was in 2013 and we started the review in 2018 under Wale Babalakin SAN as the chairman of the renegotiation committee. We could not conclude because Babalakin left.
“A new committee, headed by Munzali came. Munzali finished his work and put in his report at the Federal Ministry of Education. All these committees, including the previous Onosode committee, were all internal committees of the Ministry of Education.
‘’They discussed with the unions and gave them offers and counter-offers vis-a-vis what they have said. Once the committees are finished, their products are sent up.
“The major issue here is salary and wage review. That is where they were before ASUU embarked on strike.”
“If a party wants us to transmit a matter back to them to have a second look, you assist them. That is what you call voluntary conciliation. It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all the parties to the negotiation table and a party requests that I should take the matter to NICN, I will do so,’’ he said.
Strike continues as ASUU NEC fails to suspend action
Checks by Vanguard showed that the national leadership of the union only briefed the meeting on their interactions and submissions made to the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee set up by the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with the union.
A source said the leadership also told the meeting about the intervention of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the matter and the subsequent nationwide solidarity rallies held by the Congress and its affiliates last week.
ASUU Extends Strike By Another Four Weeks
The strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been extended by another four weeks.
The development was confirmed on Monday in a statement by the ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke on behalf of the union.
Naija News reports the decision to extend the strike was reached at the end of the union’s National Executive Council meeting held at its national secretariat in Abuja on Sunday and concluded in the early hours of Monday.
ASUU explained that the time extension is to allow the federal government enough time to meet their demands.
The statement signed by Osodeke reads in part: “following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of Government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MOA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.
“The role-over strike action is with effect from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 1st August, 2022.”
All hands on deck to end ASUU Strike, says Education Minister
Armed with the progress made so far, the Minister of State for Education, Rt Hon Goodluck Nanah Opiah, has reassured that the federal government is committed to ending the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of the Nigerian Universities, ASUU.
The minister who had earlier given a hint of this development said that given the charge of President Muhamadu Buhari concerning ending the industrial dispute, all relevant stakeholders involved in the resolution have moved into action and working towards achieving a positive result.
Opiah made the disclosure during a meeting with Women in Politics, WIP who visited his office to discuss the strike challenges in tertiary instructions in the country and other matters connected to national politics.
ASUU Strike: El-Rufai Threatens To Sack Kaduna Lecturers
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has threatened to declare vacant the position of all lecturers of the Kaduna State University (KASU) who are currently involved in the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Speaking on a radio programme in Kaduna on Wednesday, El-Rufai directed lecturers of KASU to return to classrooms.
While insisting that the lecturers had no reason to join any strike, the governor said ASUU had a problem with the federal government and not with the state government.
El-Rufai said, “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume, and I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated, and those that collected salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.
“This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay.’ This is the law. So whoever joined the strike would not be paid salary. We have been telling the KASU Lecturers that they have no problem with State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government, therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us joined the strike?
“If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspaper. They once did same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work.”
NLC fulfils promise, protests against fuel hike, ASUU strike, bad governance
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has finally embarked on a two-day protest it promised, to register its displeasure over the lingering ASUU strike and other issues affecting the country.
The Congress has embarked on a nationwide protest in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other affiliate unions over the lingering industrial action in public universities in Nigeria.
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