Despite Payment Of Minimum Wage Arrears, Strike Continues – ASUU Says

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears, its members won’t resume work untill actual pending demands are met.

This was contained in a circular issued by the University of Lagos branch of the union titled: “Payment of minimum wage arrears.”

The chairman of UNILAG ASUU, Dele Ashiru, who signed the circular, described the arrears’ payment as “long-overdue,” but insisted that the core demands of ASUU have not been met.

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ASUU statement

“The leadership of our branch has been inundated with calls concerning the recent payment of the long-overdue arrears of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.

“Our members are reminded that this is not one of the core demands upon which the ongoing strike action is premised.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the demands of our Union are the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of the fraudulent and corrupt IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS, payment of promotion arrears, the proliferation of State Universities and governance issues amongst others.

“While our Union welcomes this unsolicited payment, our members should please conserve the funds and spend wisely so as to energise our struggle until all our demands are satisfactorily met

“Our Union commends the resolve and sacrifice of our members in enthroning a University system that is globally competitive.

“United we bargain! Divided we beg! A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity forever,” the circular read in full.

Stonix News reports that the union has been on strike since February with the FG appearing to be playing the ostrich in the face of destiny of youths wasting away.

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