Wednesday, 16 November 2016

FG Plead With ASUU To Suspend Warning Strike

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja spoke to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to revoke its decision to set out on a one week cautioning strike from Nov. 16.FG Plead With ASUU To Suspend Warning Strike

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment who made the interest asked ASUU to hold the strike to make space to address battling issues.

Ngige by means of an announcement issued by Mr Samuel Olowokere, Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, said shelving the strike would guarantee more extensive consultation.

"The cases of nationwide consultations by ASUU can't be valid as the Ministry of Labor and Employment which is the main conciliator of industrial relations disputes is yet to get an immediate petition from ASUU.

"This is in disagreement with the Federal Government who is the jurisdictional employer, "" he said.

He emphasised on the requirement for a legitimate re-negotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which ASUU came to with the past administration through a reasonable channel of social dialogue.

He said channel of discourse would comprise of the  immediate employer, the Ministry of Education, and the Labour Ministry.

Ngige clarified that in perspective of the common conditions, the issuance of caution strike by union was illegal.

" The body is yet to exhaust the conflict resolution systems obviously mapped out in the labour laws, ''he added. (NAN)

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