The Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) has given a condition which it wants President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill before it calls off the eight month strike.
The Union insisted that the President should cancel the no-work-no-pay rule that was invoked by the Federal Government since its strike began eight months ago.
Information reaching us in Greenbarge Reporters online newspaper said that the President’s decision on the matter is key to a decision the union will take on whether to call off the strike or continue.
It was further learnt that only the President can grant the waiver for the arrears of the striking lecturers to be paid.
“The issue of the no-work-no-pay has not been resolved yet. We are still waiting for Mr President,” a source, who does not want his name in print said.
Another source said: “It is only the President who can give that waiver at the moment. He has to forgive them. He is very hurt that they caused a delay for students.”
Meanwhile, branches of ASUU were to begin consultations today, October 22 over the possibility of calling off the strike. The union’s National Executive Council will also meet on the matter tomorrow, October 13.
Confirming the development, the National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that the union would meet.
He, however, did not disclose the date and the place where the meeting would take place.
“Yes, we will meet and take our decision,” Osodeke simply said.
ASUU had on Monday, February 14, 2022, embarked on a strike over what the union described as the failure of the government to meet its demands.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after what he described as “failed negotiations” dragged the striking lecturers before the National Industrial Court.
The court, on September 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.
The Court of Appeal also handed down a similar order last week.
Source: The PUNCH