FG lied about agreement on date to cancel strike – ASUU. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected that it agreed with the national government, to cancel its progressing strike on December 9, 2020.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday guaranteed that ASUU vowed to cancel their nine-month old strike before Wednesday.
Ngige further expressed that the public authority has conveyed on offers made to ASUU.
However, ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a statement on Wednesday, made it clear that representatives of the union, don’t have the powers to suspend industrial action.
According to Ogunyemi, they must follow due process, which involves transmitting the outcome of negotiations to members and National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU for further deliberations and actions.
“To put the records straight, the Principal Officers and Trustees who constitute the core of representatives of ASUU at negotiation meetings with the government are not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action.
“Whatever comes out of an engagement with agents of the government is an offer that must be taken back to the branches through the various organs of the union,” part of the statement read.
He added that, “this worker’s guild methodology of offer and counter-offer is persistently conveyed until the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU – comprising of every perceived director – at long last endorses what it thinks about an adequate proposal from the public authority. It is really at that time that any strike activity by ASUU can be suspended.”