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Half Salary: ASUU Pleads With Students And Parents To Cooperate

 

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Following the overnight National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja yesterday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed for the understanding of Nigerian students, parents and other genuinely concerned individuals and groups as it continues to seek a positive resolution of the issue at hand.

According to the academic union, it will pursue a positive resolution of this avoidable crisis within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.

Naija News reports that ASUU, who made this appeal in a statement said its rather unfortunate that the government’s response towards the union’s demonstration of trust was the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for eighteen days as the October 2022 salaries of academics, which according to them is not only an aberration but a contravention of all known rules of engagement in any contract of employment for academics the world over.

The academic union, which bemoaned how lecturers are now paid like casual workers said it has deliberated on developments since the suspension of the strike at its emergency NEC meeting yesterday.

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It described the situation as unprecedented in the history of university-oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.

The union also appreciated its members for their perseverance in the face of untold hardship and unwarranted provocation by some notorious agents of the ruling class.

The statement furthered that “The Academic Staff Union of Universities suspended its eight-month strike on 14th October 2022, in obedience to the order of the National Industrial Court and in further consideration of intervention efforts of well-meaning Nigerians, including the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The action of the Union was a display of manifest trust in the judiciary and other institutions and organs of government to always put national interest above all other considerations.

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“This, we believe, as a union of thinkers, intellectuals, and patriots, will not only aid the process of amicable resolution of the crisis but will also set the tone for smooth industrial relations between Government and Nigerian workers at large.

“Unfortunately, the response of the government towards ASUU’s demonstration of trust was the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for eighteen days as the October 2022 salaries of academics thereby portraying them as daily paid workers! This is not only an aberration but a contravention of all known rules of engagement in any contract of employment for academics the world over.

“At an emergency meeting of the ASUU’s National Executive Committee held on Monday, 7th November 2022, the Union deliberated on developments since the suspension of the strike. NEC noted with dismay that paying academics on a pro-rata basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university-oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.

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“NEC commends the membership of ASUU for their perseverance in the face of untold hardship and unwarranted provocation by some notorious agents of the ruling class.

“NEC further appeals for the understanding of Nigerian students, parents and other genuinely concerned individuals and groups while the Union continues to pursue positive resolution of this avoidable crisis within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.”