The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, accused the Federal Government of breaching a “no victimisation clause” agreed upon during the dialogue that led to the suspension of its strike.
Chairman of University of Ibadan (UI) chapter of the union, Professor Ayo Akinwole, claimed that the Federal Government and the Accountant-General of the Federation were victimising members by allegedly refusing to pay them “salaries running between two to 10 months despite suspending the strike.”
The alleged refusal, according to ASUU, should result in every other strike in future, declaring that even as individuals “are back to their obligation posts, the cruel economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity.”
The affiliation said in a assertion that government “refused to remit union deductions with a plan to stifle it.” ASUU said: “While government is paying super 5 months salaries for the ones on nominal role at an agonisingly gradual tempo, over one hundred UI educational body of workers are being owed salaries ranging among and ten months.”
The don similarly claimed that those newly employed in February 2020 had now not obtained any “dime because they maintained their stand to reject enrolment on the IPPIS.”
Akinwole stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari management “has endured to expose that it cannot obey the rule of thumb of law with the aid of persevering with to deduct housing funds from ASUU individuals who have no longer subscribed to the scheme and additionally refused to refund same to respective accounts.”
He endured: “On December 23, 2020, ASUU conditionally suspended (with impact from 12:01am on Thursday, December24, 2020) its nine-month vintage strike, which it started on March 23, 2020 attributable to the failure of the Nigerian government to address the first-rate problems as outlined within the collective bargaining agreements of 2009,2013,2017 and 2019 freely reached and signed between the authorities and ASUU.”
“The suspension of the strike changed into primarily based on an settlement reached and a ‘Memorandum of Action’ signed in correct faith among the authorities and ASUU on the stakeholders’ assembly held on the Tuesday, December 22,2020. A main not unusual role agreed to (and predicted to be reputable) by the government and ASUU was that no one shall be victimised in any manner in any respect for his/her position within the process leading to the Memorandum of Action.”