AAU ASUU Members Protest Over Proposed Cut In Staff Salaries, Vows To Continue Local Strike After National Strike

AauThe members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma Chapter have embarked on a protest against the University Administration over the proposal by the University to implement a cut in staff salaries.

 

Reports have it that after the congress of the Union which was held on the main campus of the University, the staff marched to the Office of the Acting Vice-Chancellor to register their protest.

 

The protesting lecturers alleged that the University Administration was directed by the Special Intervention Team (SIT) which the Union described as “a controversial replacement of the Governing Council” of the University to implement a proposed cut in the salaries of staff in the University.

 

According to the lecturers, the proposed pay cut was designed to reduce the overall wage bill the University has been grappling with in the regular payment of monthly emoluments of staff.

 

They also reasoned that since the SIT is unable to meet the mandate of assisting the Edo State Government to generate funds for the University outside the source(s) from the Government, they (SIT) feel that reducing the wage bill by downward review of allowances in staff emoluments would pacify Government and possibly make them attractive or relevant in terms of renewal of their appointment which falls due on 4th June 2022.

 

While condemning the alleged plan by the University Administration to cut the salaries of staff, the Congress of the Union resolved to resist the implementation of the pay cut proposal.

 

The resolution of Congress was allegedly hinged on the fact that the basic salary and allowances in the emoluments of staff were products of collective bargaining between the labour unions and the Government/the University Administration and therefore, cannot be altered unilaterally by any of the parties to the agreement.

 

The Union threatened that if the pay cut is implemented it would continue with the local strike approved for the Branch on 14th February 2022 by the national body of the Union after the suspension of the national strike.

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