No Concrete Reason To Suspend Strike – ASUU, Other Striking University Unions

At the meeting between the federal government team, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, theSenior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Acasemic Staff Union of Educational Institutions, NASU and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, as well as identified interest groups and Civil society organizations, over the on-going industrial actions in the Universities was held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja,

 

It was meant to prevail on the striking workers to accept a deal of calling off their strike while efforts are being made to resolve the dispute.

 

However, the unions refused to back down from continuing the strike saying that there was nothing on ground from the government side to warrant that.

 

Although ASUU President refused to speak to journalists on the outcome of the meeting, one of the union members said that there was nothing new except that the government team wanted them to call off the strike which they rejected.

 

According to him, “There was nothing on ground for us to consider. We are not stopping the strike untill something concrete is done.”

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige who spoke to journalists after the meeting said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that by next week, those agreements will be maturing and the different unions will have something to tell their members, so that they can call off the strike.

 

“We have put some timelines for some aspects like renegotiation of 2009 agreement in terms of condition of service and wage review. So, we are hopeful that by next weekend, the unions will see a conclusion of that area”.

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