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ASUU, FG Argue Over Union’s Withheld Dues For November


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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government have taken different stands over the remittance of the union’s November 2022 Check-off dues.

Naija News understands that the academic union has faulted the federal government over its refusal to remit check-off dues deducted from its members’ November 2022 salaries into the ASUU’s account.

It was gathered that the development was confirmed to Punch in Abuja by the chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter of ASUU, Prof Gbolahan Bolarin.

Bolarin explained that the government deducted both check-offs and cooperative dues for November from the salaries of its members, but failed to pay the check-offs into ASUU’s account.

He claimed that the government credited the cooperatives but refused to credit ASUU.

Check-off due is the money deducted from an employee’s pay for membership in a union or an organisation that represents workers in a particular industry.

Bolarin noted that “Despite the pro-rata salaries that were paid for the month of November, those who got their pay slips observed that check-off dues and cooperative dues were deducted, but the issue now is that the account of ASUU was not credited.

“The government credited the cooperatives but refused to credit ASUU. Now, this is the question: since you claimed you paid us pro-rata, from where did you deduct the check-off and cooperative dues? And since the check-off dues were deducted, why wasn’t ASUU’s account credited? You deducted union dues from the source, but you failed to credit the union.”

However, Naija News learnt that the federal government through the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun has justified the refusal to pay the check-off dues of the union.

Oshundun told Punch that “Constitutionally, there is a provision of the Trade Union Act (Section 37, Subsection 1) that says every year ASUU must render an account of money remitted to the body. All ASUU members get a monthly deduction, which is usually given to ASUU every month to run their secretariat.

“They are also to submit an audited report of this money every year, but for four consecutive years, ASUU didn’t do that.

“The ministry wrote to ASUU, asking them why they haven’t submitted the audited report of monies collected for four years. ASUU got that letter and didn’t respond to it. They didn’t even write to acknowledge the receipt of the letter. A reminder letter was subsequently sent to ASUU, which was also ignored.

“Then the ministry decided that the check-off amount due, deducted by IPPIS for November, should not be released to ASUU. So, when they respond and explain how they spent the money released, the money held by IPPIS will be released to them.”

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But contrary to his stand, Bolarin insisted that ASUU has submitted the said audit report, and therefore faulted the ministry’s position on the issue.