FG Reported Not Completing Deal With ASUU
Two weeks after the suspension of the nine-month strike, scientists accused the federal government of violating an agreement reached with the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU).
Don said in a statement that the government still has to pay December salaries and the “illegal” contributions have yet to be paid off.
In a communiqué, the union said the government “once again failed to fulfill its agreement to pay not only the unpaid wages of its members for five to eight months; Earned Academic Grants (EAA) and distributes unlawfully withheld contributions until December 31, 2020.
In March 2020, faculty members went on strike over the government’s refusal to abide by an agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 to revive the university, improve funding, and develop infrastructure.
The agency also protested against the government’s introduction of an alternative payment platform, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), insisting that the initiative ran counter to the autonomy of the university and therefore ordered participants not to join the platform.
The strike was suspended after the intervention of interested parties and government directives to suspend implementation of the controversial IPPIS for teachers.
But the president of the ASUU branch of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Dele Ashiru, told the Guardian that successive administrations have always failed to abide by trade union agreements.
He said the government made some promises before protracted union activities were suspended, but regrets that the current administration has allegedly failed its end of the deal.
Ashiru said, “For example, the government did not pay the illegally withheld salaries to members until December 31, 2020, and as of January 3, we still have to receive the December 2020 salary. The government promised to pay salaries. our exit fees are unlawfully withheld until December 31, 2020, but as we speak, this has not happened. They promised to be credited to the earned academic scholarships by December 31, but this was also not done. “
Source: – Guardian ng